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July 29, 2021

Acupuncture for Cancer Survivors

Author Affiliations
  • 1Takeda General Hospital, Fukushima, Japan
  • 2Department of Internal Medicine, Hirata Central Hospital, Fukushima, Japan
  • 3Kyoto University School of Public Health, Kyoto, Japan
JAMA Oncol. 2021;7(9):1399-1400. doi:10.1001/jamaoncol.2021.2517

To the Editor In their randomized clinical trial, Mao and colleagues1 assessed the analgesic effect of electroacupuncture or auricular acupuncture on a wide range of cancer survivors with chronic musculoskeletal pain, showing a promising result. In the study, 12 weeks of electroacupuncture and auricular acupuncture reduced pain measured by the Brief Pain Inventory by 1.9 (97.5% CI, 1.4-2.4) points and 1.6 (97.5% CI, 1.0-2.1) points, respectively, compared with usual care. However, the following points should be interpreted with caution.

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