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The National Cancer Institute’s conference on acupuncture for symptom management in oncology: state of the science, evidence, and research gaps


Zia, Farah Z; Olaku, Oluwadamilola; Bao, Ting; Berger, Ann; Deng, Gary; Yin Fan, Arthur; Garcia, Mary K; Herman, Patricia M; Kaptchuk, Ted J; Ladas, Elena J; Langevin, Helene M; Lao, Lixing; Lu, Weidong; Napadow, Vitaly; Niemtzow, Richard C; Vickers, Andrew J; Shelley Wang, Xin; Witt, Claudia M; Mao, Jun J (2017). The National Cancer Institute’s conference on acupuncture for symptom management in oncology: state of the science, evidence, and research gaps. Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Monographs, 2017(52):68-73.

Abstract

The Division of Cancer Treatment and Diagnosis, Office of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine, at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) held a symposiumon “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.

Abstract

The Division of Cancer Treatment and Diagnosis, Office of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine, at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) held a symposiumon “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.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Institute of Complementary Medicine
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:2017
Deposited On:20 Nov 2017 15:33
Last Modified:09 Dec 2017 03:36
Publisher:Oxford University Press
ISSN:1052-6773
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1093/jncimonographs/lgx005
PubMed ID:29140486

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