Acupuncture for Chemoradiation Therapy-Related Dysphagia in Head and Neck Cancer: A Pilot Randomized Sham-Controlled Trial
“A blinded, sham-controlled, randomized clinical trial to evaluate the effectiveness of verum acupuncture in treating dysphagia-related QOL in patients with advanced stage of HNC undergoing intense CRT found the procedure to be feasible, safe, and well tolerated. Dysphagia-related QOL improved with both active acupuncture and sham acupuncture.”
Acupuncture points used for chemoradiation-related dysphagia in head and neck cancer. To avoid the radiation field, acupuncture points needled before week 4 after CRT (phase 1, solid round circles) were selected to avoid the chin and neck area. Additional points were added at week 4 after CRT visit (phase 2, solid diamonds) and at the week 12 after CRT (phase 3, solid triangles). Electrostimulation was added starting with the third visit.