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The Feasibility of an Acupuncture Protocol in the Treatment of Chemotherapy Induced Peripheral Neuropathy - a Pilot Study

The Feasibility of an Acupuncture Protocol in the Treatment of Chemotherapy Induced Peripheral Neuropathy - a Pilot Study
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Volume 6 Issue 1 - Spring 2010

by Alfred J. Russo

Abstract
Objectives: The present pilot study was performed to determine the effect of ten weeks of acupuncture treatment on the pain and symptoms of Chemotherapy Induced Peripheral Neuropathy (CIPN). Design: Eleven subjects completed the study that consisted of a pre-treatment and post-treatment case series design. Changes in pain and Quality Of Life were detected using the Neuropathic Pain Scale, the QLQ-C30 and the QLQ-CIPN20 QOL scales at week 0, 5 and 10. The acupuncture treatments occurred once a week for ten weeks.  Each of the 10 sessions consisted of the subjects receiving 34 acupuncture points that address Chemotherapy Induced Peripheral Neuropathy. Thirty-four gauge needles were placed in points located on the extremity and thirty two-gauge needles were inserted in back points. The needles were retained for twenty minutes. Results: The changes in QLQ and NPS testing were considered significant with a p-value < 0.05 and accepted as positive trending if the p-value was between 0.05 and 0.1. These results provided indication of positive trending in six QOL parameters and showed a significant change in three areas: neuropathic pain, CIPN symptoms and sensory condition. Conclusion: The results of this study indicate that subjective pain, symptoms of chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy, and quality of life can be reduced during the period of acupuncture therapy delivered in a controlled setting. Acknowledgements: Research Collaborators: Nicolette Behne, Derek Kirkham and Erin Moran
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