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The primary purpose of this study is to investigate whether it is effective and feasible to treat post cancer related fatigue (CRF) using acupuncture.
Who is it for?
You may be eligible to join this study if you are aged 18 or over with ongoing cancer related fatigue and have been diagnosed with stage I, II or III breast cancer for which you have received breast surgery, adjuvant or neo-adjuvant chemotherapy and/or adjuvant radiotherapy between one month and two years previously with no recurrent disease since diagnosis.
Participants enrolled in this study will be randomly allocated (by chance) to receive either standard care as per usual or an eight week course of ten acupuncture sessions. The first session will include a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) diagnosis and will take approximately 60-90 minutes in total. All remaining sessions will take approximately 45 minutes, using a minimum of five needle points at specified locations, and with a selection of pre-specified additional needle locations to use at the discretion of the acupuncture therapist based on the TCM diagnosis.
Participants will be asked to complete a questionnaire prior to the first session and following the final treatment session to assess the severity of their CRF. Researchers will also use recruitment rates to assess whether it is feasible to conduct a larger study in the future.
It is hoped that the findings of this study will provide greater understanding of the potential benefits of acupuncture for the treatment of CRF, and provide a foundation on which a larger study can be conducted.
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