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Acupuncture for Chemo-induced Peripheral Neuropathy in Multiple Myeloma and Lymphoma Patients

This study is currently Recruiting

June 2011 By M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

First Recieved on April 30, 2009

Last Updated on June 22, 2011

Sponsor: M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Collaborators: Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Information provided by: M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Identifier: NCT00891618


The goal of this clinical research study is to learn if giving acupuncture to patients with lymphoma or a plasma cell dyscrasia can help to relieve numbness and/or tingling of the feet and/or hands that is related to chemotherapy.

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment


Ages Eligible for Study:18 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:No

Inclusion Criteria: 1. Patients, or the legal guardians of patients, must have the ability to understand English, sign a written informed consent document, and be willing to follow protocol requirements. 2. Age > 18 years and have a diagnosis of a plasma cell dyscrasia or lymphoma. 3. Patients must have neuropathy greater or equal to 2 according to CTCAE v 3.0 scale (Appendix A) in spite of previous treatment with Neurontin, Cymbalta and/or Lyrica. Patients receiving any of these drugs must remain on the same medications throughout the study period; however, minor adjustments in dosage are allowed. Patients will be removed from the study if a change in type of medication is necessary. All patients will receive treatment to both upper and lower extremities, regardless of whether or not they are experiencing symptoms in all four extremities - see Section 7.0 Treatment Plan.) 4. The patient's previous chemotherapy treatment must have included thalidomide and/or bortezomib and/or any derivatives. 5. ECOG Performance Status of 0, 1, or 2 (Appendix B). 6. If the patient is a woman of child-bearing potential, she must have a negative urine pregnancy test and agree to use contraception. Exclusion Criteria: 1. Current active treatment with thalidomide and/or bortezomib. 2. Local infection at or near the acupuncture site. (Although acupuncture is a minimally invasive procedure, patients will be excluded if there is an indication of infection.) 3. Deformities that could interfere with accurate acupuncture point location or out of energy pathway as defined by traditional acupuncture theory. 4. Concurrent use of other alternative medicines such as herbal agents, high dose vitamins and anticoagulation agents. 5. Known coagulopathy and taking heparin (including low molecular weight heparin) or Coumadin at any dose. Patients on aspirin or non-steroidal anti-inflammatories will be allowed to participate. 6. Platelets < 50 H K/UL. 7. WBCs < 3.0 K/UL. 8. Active CNS disease. (The action for acupuncture may be associated with central nervous system activity, and patients with CNS pathology may respond differently to treatment than the general population.) 9. Cardiac pacemaker. 10. Mental incapacitation or significant emotional or psychological disorder that, in the opinion of the investigators, precludes study entry. (These patients may not be able to cooperate with this slightly invasive procedure or with the data collection process.) 11. Currently pregnant or lactating females. (Certain acupuncture applications have been reported to stimulate uterine contractions and may alter lactation.) 12. Chronic alcohol use as clinically estimated by the patient's physician. 13. History of diabetic neuropathy or neuropathy related to HIV. 14. Previous acupuncture treatment for any indication within 30 days of enrollment. 15. Active treatment for lymphoma, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma or multiple myeloma. 16. Planned or actual changes in type of medications that could affect symptoms related to PN. Note: Minor adjustments in current medications at the time of enrollment is allowed.


  • Investigator: Michael Wang, MD, BS - Principal Investigator - UT MD Anderson Cancer Center


  • UT MD Anderson Cancer Center

    Houston, Texas 77030 United States

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