Berkeley, California 94704

  • Fatigue


This is a randomized, placebo controlled study in cancer patients reporting fatigue persisting for at least two months following completion of chemotherapy. Subjects will receive 6 weeks of either acupuncture or placebo treatment as a means of evaluating whether acupuncture reduces chronic fatigue after chemotherapy.


Inclusion Criteria: - Patients age 18-64 diagnosed with a malignancy (solid tumor or hematologic malignancy). - Patients must have received chemotherapy. - Patients must complain of fatigue following chemotherapy buy not prior to chemotherapy. - At least 60 days must have elapsed between the last chemotherapy infusion and completion of the first baseline questionnaire. - Mean baseline fatigue as measured by the Brief Fatigue Inventory must be four or above. Exclusion Criteria: - Anemia, defined as Hb<9 or active treatment for anemia. Iron supplementation is allowed as long as the dose has been stable for at least six weeks. - Platelets less than 50,000/microliter or an Absolute Neutrophil Count less than 1,000/microliter. - Baseline depression score on the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale of 11 or above, indicating clinical depression. - Thyroid disorder, defined as either thyroid stimulating hormone or free T4 out of normal range, is excluded as it is a possible cause of fatigue unrelated to cancer therapy. - Surgery under general anesthesia; immunotherapy; radiotherapy; or initiation of hormonal therapy within the three weeks prior to enrollment. - Acupuncture in the previous six weeks. - Change in use of any of the following drugs in the prior three weeks: opiates, antidepressants (other than selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors [SSRIs])/anxiolytics; OR change in use of SSRIs in the prior six weeks. "Change in use" is defined as initiation or cessation of treatment, or change in prescribed dose or regimen: changes in actual amounts of PRN medication taken are allowed.



Primary Contact:

Principal Investigator
Amy Matecki, MD
Alta Bates Summit Comprehensive Cancer Center

Amy Matecki, MD
Phone: (510) 204-6402

Backup Contact:

Nick Humphrey, BA
Phone: (510) 204-3428

Location Contact:

Berkeley, California 94704
United States

Clinical Trials Office
Phone: 510-204-3428

Site Status: Recruiting

Data Source:

Date Processed: September 16, 2021

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