Rehabilitation of Breast Cancer Treatment Related Lymphedema Using Electro-acupuncture: A Randomized Controlled Trial
This study is being conducted to determine if electro-acupuncture can reduce swelling of the
arm due to breast cancer treatment (commonly referred to as 'lymphedema'). Research
conducted on animals suggests that such treatment might be used to improve circulation
leading to reductions in swelling. Previous research in humans with lymphedema suggests that
treatment may be safe to use, although results regarding its efficacy in the reduction of
swelling have not yet been established.
This research will use sophisticated, non-invasive assessment methods to determine if a
single session of electro-acupuncture treatment can be effective for reducing lymphedema.
Results may be used to further develop our understanding of how electro-acupuncture can be
used in the management of this condition. Electro-acupuncture may provide a promising
complement or alternative to conventional lymphedema treatments such as compression
bandaging, massage therapy or surgery.
View this trial on ClinicalTrials.gov
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