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Cancer Research Frontiers. 2016 Feb; 2(1): 131-140. doi: 10.17980/2016.131

Oncology Acupuncture Clinical Trials: proposal of a new approach

Irene Pais*

Oporto Applied Health Sciences and Technology School. Rua Pádua Correia 191-3º Sala34 – 4400-238 V.N.Gaia, Portugal.

 

*Corresponding author: Irene Pais, Master in Chinese Medicine. Email: irene.mtc@gmail.com

Citation: Irene Pais. Oncology Acupuncture Clinical Trials: proposal of a new approach. Cancer Research Frontiers. 2016 Feb; 2(1): 131-140. doi: 10.17980/2016.131

Copyright: @ Irene Pais. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

Competing Interests: The author declares no competing financial interests.

Received Oct 29, 2015; Revised Jan 26, 2016; Accepted Feb 5, 2016. Published Mar 25, 2016

 

Abstract:

Recently the quantity of clinical trials on oncology acupuncture has been increased due to the gaining of popularity amongst cancer patients, mostly to relieve side effects of conventional cancer treatment. Several limitations to acupuncture trials have been pointed out which may be due to the fact that most clinical research are focused on symptoms management. This paper proposes a new approach on acupuncture clinical trials for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy that might allow the assessment of acupuncture effects on homeostasis as well as to interpret mechanisms by which single or multiple symptoms may be relieved and to establish a standardized acupuncture protocol for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.

Keywords: Acupuncture; Chemotherapy; Oncology; Immunity; Research; Methodology; Clinical Trials; Neuroimunovegetative approach; Psychoneuroimmunology

 

 

 

 

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