Effect of Acupuncture on Brain Serotonin Among Breast Cancer Survivors

Status: Completed
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Intervention Type: Procedure, Other
Study Type: Interventional
Study Phase: Phase 1

RATIONALE: New imaging procedures, such as single photon emission computed tomography, may help in learning how acupuncture affects serotonin levels in the brain of breast cancer survivors. PURPOSE: This phase I trial is studying the best way to visualize the effect of acupuncture on brain serotonin in breast cancer survivors.

Participation Requirements
Sex: Female
Minimum Age: 18
Healthy Volunteers: No

• History of Stage I, II, or III breast cancer for at least 12 months

• Have been seen by an oncologist within the previous 6-month period and determined to be free of disease by clinical examination and history

• Have been receiving endocrine therapy (tamoxifen or aromatase inhibitors for at least four weeks)

• Experienced hot flashes with a hot flash composite score of 5 or greater per day

• Hot flashes have been present for at least a month before study entry

United States
Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania
Time Frame
Start Date: March 2009
Completion Date: December 2010
Target number of participants: 7
Other: I
Patients undergo acupuncture twice weekly for 2 weeks and then once weekly for 6 weeks. Patients undergo single photon emission computed tomography imaging with iodine 123-I ADAM before and after completion of acupuncture.
Related Therapeutic Areas
Leads: Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania

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