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J Natl Cancer Inst Monogr. 2017 Nov 1;2017(52). doi: 10.1093/jncimonographs/lgx005.

The National Cancer Institute's Conference on Acupuncture for Symptom Management in Oncology: State of the Science, Evidence, and Research Gaps.

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Division of Cancer Treatment and Diagnosis, Office of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, Rockville, MD; Kelly Services, Incorporated, Rockville, MD, and Division of Cancer Treatment and Diagnosis, Office of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, Rockville, MD; Integrative Medicine Service, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY; Pain and Palliative Care Service, National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, Rockville, MD; McLean Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, PLC, Vienna, VA; Department of General Oncology/Integrative Medicine Program, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX; Health Division, RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, CA; Program in Placebo Studies, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA; Division of Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation, Columbia University, New York, NY; Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, Division of Preventive Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA; School of Chinese Medicine, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China; Leonard P. Zakim Center for Integrative Therapies, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA; Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston MA; United States Air Force Acupuncture and Integrative Medical Center, Joint Base Andrews, MD; Department of Symptom Research, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX; Institute for Complementary and Integrative Medicine, University of Zurich and University Hospital Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland; Institute for Social Medicine, Epidemiology and Health Economics, Charité, Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany; Center for Integrative Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD.

Abstract

The Division of Cancer Treatment and Diagnosis, Office of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine, at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) held a symposium on "Acupuncture for Cancer Symptom Management" on June 16 and 17, 2016. Invited speakers included 19 scientists and scholars with expertise in acupuncture and cancer research from the United States, Europe, and China. The conference reviewed the NCI's grant funding on acupuncture, analyzed the needs of cancer patients, reviewed safety issues, and assessed both the current scientific evidence and research gaps of acupuncture in oncology care. Researchers and stakeholders presented and discussed basic mechanisms of acupuncture; clinical evidence for specific symptoms; and methodological challenges such as placebo effects, novel biostatistical methods, patient-reported outcomes, and comparative effectiveness research. This paper, resulting from the conference, summarizes both the current state of the science and clinical evidence of oncology acupuncture, identifies key scientific gaps, and makes recommendations for future research to increase understanding of both the mechanisms and effects of acupuncture for cancer symptom management.

PMID:
29140486
PMCID:
PMC6061411
[Available on 2018-11-01]
DOI:
10.1093/jncimonographs/lgx005
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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