Acustimulation for the Control of Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea in Breast Cancer Patients
Annual rept. 1 Aug 2000-31 Jul 2001
ROCHESTER UNIV NY
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The current experiment examines the efficacy of acustimulation mild electrical stimulation to an acupuncture point to the Neiguan P6 acupuncture point located on the ventral surface of the wrist in controlling chemotherapy-induced NV. It is a randomized three-arm clinical trial testing the usefulness of an acustimulation wrist band for the relief of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting as an adjunct to standard 5-HT3 antiemetics. Patients who experienced nausea at their first treatment are eligible to participate. Patients in the two treatment groups i.e., correct location band worn on the inside of the wrist and sham location band worn on the outside of the wrist put on the acustimulation wrist band prior to the administration of chemotherapy and wear it for five days. The use of an active acustimulation band in the sham condition should effectively control for both the placebo effect and for any effect due to the release of endorphins and will therefore speak directly to the efficacy of acupuncture point stimulation.
- Medicine and Medical Research