Clinical Trials for Complementary or Alternative Medicine Procedure(s)

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  • Acupuncture for the Improvement of Cognitive Difficulties in Breast, Colorectal, and Gynecological Cancer Survivors, the CLARITY Study

    This phase II trial studies how well acupuncture works in improving cognitive difficulties in breast, colorectal, and gynecological cancer survivors. Some treatments used for cancer can cause long-term side effects, such as cognitive difficulties. Acupuncture is a medical technique that involves insertion of very thin needles into specific areas on the body with the goal of promoting health and well-being. It has been widely used to treat pain, but researchers think acupuncture may help improve the cognitive difficulties and insomnia that many cancer survivors report following chemotherapy and other cancer treatments.
    Location: 6 locations

  • Auricular Point Acupressure for the Treatment of Aromatase Inhibitor Musculoskeletal Symptoms in Breast Cancer Survivors

    This early phase I trial studies how well auricular point acupressure therapy works in treating aromatase inhibitor musculoskeletal symptoms in breast cancer survivors. Auricular point acupressure stimulates specific points on the ear to provide quick pain relief. Auricular point acupressure may help reduce the side effects of aromatase inhibitor treatment while avoiding additional side effects.
    Location: Johns Hopkins University / Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, Baltimore, Maryland

  • Efficacy of MBSR Treatment of Cognitive Impairment Among Breast Cancer Survivors

    The purpose of this study is to evaluate MBSR(BC), an intensive meditation-based stress reduction intervention, in order to determine its efficacy in improving cognitive functioning among breast cancer survivors. The study will employ a three group randomized design that will (1) evaluate the extent to which MBSR(BC) compared to the Breast Cancer-Education Support (BCES) program or Usual Care (UC) improves cognitive functioning among breast cancer survivors off treatment; (2) determine if improvements in cognitive functioning achieved from MBSR(BC) are mediated through increased mindfulness and decreased rumination and stress; (3) evaluate genetic variants as moderators of MBSR(BC) on improvements in CI; and (4) determine the impact of MBSR(BC) on healthcare utilization and costs, in addition it will be delivered to a sub-group in Spanish. If shown to be efficacious, the possibility exists of utilizing this intervention in other types of cancers as well as non-cancer health-related disorders in order to minimize the morbidity experienced by these populations.
    Location: Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, Florida

  • Acupuncture in Treating Dry Mouth Caused by Radiation Therapy in Patients with Head and Neck Cancer

    This randomized phase III trial studies acupuncture to see how well it works compared to sham acupuncture or standard therapy in treating dry mouth caused by radiation therapy (xerostomia) in patients with head and neck cancer. Acupuncture may help relieve dry mouth caused by radiation therapy.
    Location: 30 locations

  • Personalized Electroacupuncture Therapy or Battle Field Acupuncture Therapy in Reducing Musculoskeletal Pain in Patients with Non-metastatic Cancer

    This randomized clinical trial studies how well personalized electroacupuncture therapy or battle field acupuncture therapy works in reducing pain that originates in the bones, muscles, tendons, or ligaments in patients with cancer that has not spread to other parts of the body. Electroacupuncture therapy or battle field acupuncture therapy may help relieve chronic pain caused by cancer and may help guide the personalized delivery of acupuncture for patients with chronic pain.
    Location: 7 locations

  • Physical Activity in Reducing Functional Health Disparities in Older Stage I-III Breast Cancer Survivors

    This randomized phase III trial studies physical activity in reducing functional health disparities in older stage I-III breast cancer survivors. Increased physical activity among older breast cancer survivors may help to improve functional and overall health status.
    Location: 5 locations

  • Mindfulness Education in Reducing Active Surveillance Stress in Participants with Prostate Cancer and Their Spouses

    This trial studies how well mindfulness education works in reducing surveillance stress in participants with prostate cancer and their spouses. Mindfulness education may help to reduce the effects of active surveillance stress, uncertainty, and rumination.
    Location: 5 locations

  • Acupuncture and Pain Counseling in Reducing Pain and Symptom Distress in Hospitalized Cancer Patients

    This trial studies how well acupuncture and pain counseling work in reducing pain and symptoms distress in hospitalized patients with cancer. Acupuncture uses thin needles placed along specific points to reduce pain. Pain counselling may be an effective method to help patients learn about pain management. Non-pharmacologic approaches such as acupuncture and pain counseling may broaden pain management options to help in providing comprehensive care for diverse patients with cancer.
    Location: 3 locations

  • Mechanisms of Active Music Engagement in Managing Acute Distress and in Improving Positive Health Outcomes in Young Children with Cancer and Their Parents

    This early phase I trial studies the mechanisms of active music engagement (AME) in managing acute distress and in improving positive health outcomes in young children with cancer and their parents. AME includes a variety of music play activities and may help decrease parent and young child distress and improve quality of life during cancer treatment.
    Location: 3 locations

  • 3RP-AYA Intervention in Reducing Stress and Promoting Stress Management in Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Survivors

    This trial studies the feasibility and acceptability of Relaxation Response Resiliency Program for adolescent and young adult (3RP-AYA) intervention in reducing stress and promoting stress management in adolescent and young adult who have completed treatment for cancer within the past five years. 3RP-AYA intervention uses a variety of mind-body approaches, such as imagery, relaxation, and yoga that may buffer stress and promote psychological resiliency and physical well-being in adolescent and young adult cancer survivors.
    Location: 2 locations

  • Mindfulness-Music Intervention in Reducing Anxiety and Stress in Adolescents and Young Adults Receiving Cancer Treatment

    This trial studies how well a mindfulness-music intervention works in reducing anxiety and stress in adolescents and young adults receiving cancer treatment. A program designed to incorporate music-based meditation practices and music making activities (e.g., guitar, drums) may help to promote relaxation during cancer treatment.
    Location: 2 locations

  • Pain Management Support Study for Patients With Advanced Cancer

    Chronic pain is one of the most feared symptoms in people with cancer. Insufficient relief from pharmacological treatments and the fear of side effects are important reasons for the growing use of complementary pain management approaches in cancer care. On such approach is music therapy. Although several studies have demonstrated that music therapy interventions can reduce pain in people with cancer, few studies have examined the therapeutic mechanisms that explain how music therapy interventions lead to improved pain management. The purpose of this study is to examine whether an interactive music therapy intervention improves psychological and social factors that play an important role in chronic pain management in people with advanced cancer. The findings will contribute towards the optimization of music therapy for palliation of chronic pain in people with advanced cancer.
    Location: 2 locations

  • Mindfulness Meditation or Survivorship Education in Improving Behavioral Symptoms in Younger Stage 0-III Breast Cancer Survivors (Pathways to Wellness)

    This randomized phase III trial studies how well mindfulness meditation or survivorship education work in improving behavioral symptoms in younger stage 0-III breast cancer survivors. Behavioral interventions, such as mindfulness meditation, use techniques to help patients change the way they react to environmental triggers that may cause a negative reaction. Survivorship education after treatment may reduce stress and improve the well-being and quality of life of patients with breast cancer. Mindfulness meditation or survivorship education may help improve the health behaviors of younger breast cancer survivors.
    Location: 3 locations

  • Personalized Acceptance-Based Mindfulness Exercise Intervention before Surgery in Musculoskeletal Tumor Patients

    This trial studies how well an interactive personalized acceptance-based mindfulness exercise works in improving anxiety in musculoskeletal tumor patients who are undergoing surgery. Participating in the 60-second mindfulness-based exercise before surgery may improve patients' ratings of anxiety and pain, distress, depression and anger.
    Location: Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, Boston, Massachusetts

  • Effectiveness of Acupuncture versus Massage for Pain and Related Symptoms in Patients with Advanced Cancer, IMPACT Study

    This phase II trial compares the long-term effectiveness of acupuncture versus massage for the treatment of pain in patients with cancer that has spread to other places in the body (advanced). Pain is one of the most commonly reported symptoms among individuals with advanced cancer, and it has been linked to other symptoms, such as tiredness (fatigue), trouble sleeping (sleep disturbances), and a decrease in quality of life. Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine that involves penetrating the skin with very thin, solid, metallic needles that are moved by hand or by electrical stimulation, which may cause the brain to produce chemicals that provide pain relief. Massage therapy techniques promote joint flexibility, relieve muscular tension, and improve range of motion, which may reduce pain in targeted areas. The study will test how the two approaches compare in helping people with pain and its related symptoms and improving quality of life.
    Location: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York

  • Self-Directed Mindfulness Meditation for the Reduction of Anxiety and Distress in Patients with Progressive or Recurrent Stage III or IV Gynecologic Cancers

    This trial studies how well a self-directed mindfulness meditation intervention works in reducing anxiety and distress in patients with stage III-IV gynecologic cancers that are growing, spreading, or getting worse (progressive) or have come back (recurrent). Mindfulness meditation is based on the concept of being "mindful", or having increased awareness, of the present. It uses breathing methods, guided imagery, and other practices to relax the body and mind and help reduce stress. The purpose of this study is to test the effects a meditation program that patients listen to at home on physical and psychological symptoms.
    Location: Siteman Cancer Center at Washington University, Saint Louis, Missouri

  • Yoga Intervention in Supporting Children with Cancer and Their Parents during Chemotherapy Infusion

    This trial studies how well Yoga works in supporting children with cancer and their parents during chemotherapy infusion. Pediatric cancer and its treatment is one of life’s most stressful events for children and their parents. Yoga is an ancient holistic healing science that incorporates postures, breathing, relaxation, and meditation to facilitate harmony between body, mind, and spirit. Participating in Yoga exercise may improve the negative psychosocial effects in children with cancer and their parents during chemotherapy treatment.
    Location: Vanderbilt University / Ingram Cancer Center, Nashville, Tennessee

  • Video-Conferenced Stress Management and Relaxation Training for the Improvement of Influenza Vaccine Response and Quality of Life in Older Patients with Stage 0-III Breast Cancer, the VSMART Trial

    This trial studies how well video-conferenced stress management and relaxation training works in improving response to the influenza (flu) vaccine and quality of life in older patients with stage 0-III breast cancer undergoing treatment. Women with breast cancer often experience a lot of stress. Stress can also affect how the immune system works. Because treatment for breast cancer can also affect the immune system, the extra effect of stress along with cancer treatment may make patients more vulnerable to things like the flu virus. This can get worse with age. It is critical for older women getting treatment for breast cancer to get help from the flu vaccine. Stress can reduce the body's positive response to the flu vaccine, even in healthy people. Participating in video-conferenced stress management and relaxation training may reduce stress and improve flu vaccine response and general quality of life. It is not yet known whether having the stress management program before the vaccine has different effects on immune system functioning and quality of life than having it after the vaccine.
    Location: University of Miami Miller School of Medicine-Sylvester Cancer Center, Miami, Florida

  • Dyadic Yoga Intervention in Improving Physical Performance and Quality of Life in Patients with Stage I-III Non-small Cell Lung Cancer Undergoing Radiotherapy and Their Caregivers

    This trial studies how well dyadic yoga intervention works in improving physical performance and quality of life in patients with stage I-III non-small cell lung cancer undergoing radiotherapy and their caregivers. Dyadic yoga intervention may help to improve physical function, fatigue, sleep difficulties, depressive symptoms, and overall quality of life for patients with non-small cell lung cancer and / or their caregivers.
    Location: M D Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas

  • Yoga in Improving Chronic Pain in Patients with Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy

    This trial studies how well yoga works in improving painful chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy that has persisted for at least three months after the completion of chemotherapy treatment. Yoga intervention may help patients with chronic painful chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy by improving symptoms that co-occur with pain (such as fatigue, anxiety) and strength and balance.
    Location: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Massachusetts

  • Spiritual Care Assessment and Intervention Framework in Supporting Patients with Advanced Cancer and Their Caregivers

    This trial studies how well a religious and spiritual tool called spiritual care assessment and intervention (SCAI) framework works in supporting the emotional and spiritual well being of patients with cancer that has spread to other places in the body and their caregivers. SCAI framework is an approach to spiritual care delivered by skilled chaplains, that covers the spiritual dimensions of meaning and purpose, relationships, peace, and self-worth and identity. Participating in the SCAI framework may enable doctors to examine a participant’s spiritual strengths and distress and find out the most effective spiritual care intervention for that participant.
    Location: Indiana University / Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center, Indianapolis, Indiana

  • Acupuncture Therapy in Reducing Hot Flashes in Patients with Estrogen Receptor Positive Stage I-III Breast Cancer

    This trial studies how well acupuncture therapy works in reducing hot flashes in patients with estrogen receptor positive stage I-III breast cancer. Hot flashes are a common side effect of breast cancer treatment and are felt as a sensation of sudden onset body warmth, flushing, and sweating. Acupuncture is a complementary therapy in which, hair-thin, sterile disposable needles are inserted into various spots on the skin, with the goal of affecting the body’s natural healing system. Acupuncture may help to reduce the number and intensity of hot flashes in breast cancer patients who are being treated with medications such as tamoxifen and aromatase inhibitors.
    Location: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Massachusetts

  • Animal-Assisted Interactions in Improving Quality of Life in Children with Advanced, Relapsed, or Refractory Cancer and Their Parents

    This trial studies how well animal-assisted interactions work in improving quality of life in children with cancer that has spread extensively to other anatomic sites or is no longer responding to treatment, has come back, or does not respond to treatment, and their parents. Having animal-assisted therapy (AAT) visits on a routine basis with a trained animal-handler and his / her dog may help to make the cancer treatment process less stressful for children and their parents.
    Location: Vanderbilt University / Ingram Cancer Center, Nashville, Tennessee

  • Acupressure Therapy for Lessening Fatigue in Ovarian Cancer Survivors

    This trial studies how well acupressure works in lessening fatigue in ovarian cancer survivors. Acupressure involves applying mild to moderate physical pressure by fingers, hand or a device to specific points on the skin to try to bring about a physiological change in the body, in this case relief from chronic fatigue.
    Location: University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan

  • Tai Ji Quan, Strength Training, or Stretching for Fall Prevention and Functional Improvements in Patients with Prostate Cancer Receiving Antiandrogen Therapy

    This trial studies the use of tai ji quan, strength training, or stretching for fall prevention and improvements in physical function in patients with prostate cancer receiving antiandrogen therapy. Treatments for prostate cancer can cause side effects such as fatigue, muscle loss, and weakness which can increase the risk of falls and frailty. Group exercise training using tai ji quan, strength training, or stretching for improving balance, strength, and mobility may improve physical function, mood, and overall quality of life in patients with prostate cancer.
    Location: OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, Portland, Oregon


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