Trial of Acupuncture for Radiation-Induced Xerostomia in Head and Neck Cancer (ACUPUNCTURE)

Patients who have met all eligibility criteria will be randomized to standard oral hygiene, standard oral hygiene + true acupuncture twice weekly for 4 weeks, or standard oral hygiene + sham acupuncture twice weekly for 4 weeks by a form of adaptive randomization, called minimization, because simple randomization could result in covariate imbalances .

The acupuncture points will be at three sites on each ear (Shenmen, Point Zero, Salivary Gland 2-prime), a site on the chin (CV24), a site on each forearm (Lu7), a site on each hand (LI 1-prime), a site on each leg (K6), and one placebo needle at Gb32 for a total of 14 sites. All sites will be applied for 20 minutes. For body points, standardized techniques for location will be utilized, which are based on anatomical landmarks as well as proportional measurements using the patient’s own body. For example, finger breadth is based on each patient’s middle finger, and the proportional unit of measure, the “cun,” is defined as the distance between the two medial ends of the creases of the interphalangeal joints when the middle finger is flexed. Earpoint locations will mimic standard practice and be identified by the acupuncturists.

Site located at Roy and Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center.

Location: 181 S. Buena Vista St. , Burbank, CA 91505

For more information contact us at DFCC_Clinical_Research@providence.org or call (818) 748-4793

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