Patient-Centered Integration of Acupuncture to Decrease Pain for Cancer Survivors
The objective of this study is to find out if acupuncture can improve the management of pain in cancer patients when used as part of a treatment plan that includes conventional pain medications. The investigators will enroll 36 cancer patients at Abramson Cancer Center and Penn Cancer Network sites. Participants will be enrolled in either the Conventional Pain Management group or Integrative Pain Management group.
• Women or men age 18 years or older
• Primary diagnosis of cancer with history of stage I, II, or III cancer
• Finished primary cancer treatments (surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy)
• Have a Karnofsky score of 60 or greater
• Can understand written English
• Have worst pain rated at least 4 or greater on an 11-point (0-10) numerical rating scale in the preceding week
• Have been taking pain medications daily
• Have had at least 15 days with pain in the preceding 30 days.