Article Abstract

Using acupuncture as part of a comprehensive program in helping patients with breast cancer beyond fatigue

Authors: Ka-Kit Hui, Linxin Zhang


Although prior small-scale randomized controlled trials have shown the potential of acupuncture in effectively managing cancer-related fatigue (CRF) after chemotherapy (1), the study by Molassiotis et al. (2) is the first large, multi-site trial examining this question. In their study, 302 outpatients with breast cancer experiencing persistent long-term fatigue were assigned to one of two groups: usual care, consisting of an information booklet related to fatigue, or acupuncture plus usual care.