Acupuncture for radiation-induced xerostomia in patients with cancer: A pilot study
Article first published online: 17 APR 2009
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Head & Neck
Volume 31, Issue 10, pages 1360–1368, October 2009
How to Cite
Garcia, M. K., Chiang, J. S., Cohen, L., Liu, M., Palmer, J. L., Rosenthal, D. I., Wei, Q., Tung, S., Wang, C., Rahlfs, T. and Chambers, M. S. (2009), Acupuncture for radiation-induced xerostomia in patients with cancer: A pilot study. Head Neck, 31: 1360–1368. doi: 10.1002/hed.21110
- Issue published online: 10 SEP 2009
- Article first published online: 17 APR 2009
- Manuscript Accepted: 30 JAN 2009
- dry mouth;
- radiation-induced xerostomia;
- salivary flow
This pilot study evaluated if acupuncture can alleviate radiation-induced xerostomia among patients with cancer. Secondary objectives were to assess the effects of acupuncture on salivary flow and quality of life (QOL).
Nineteen patients received acupuncture twice a week for 4 weeks.
Xerostomia inventory (XI) and patient benefit questionnaire (PBQ) scores were significantly better after acupuncture on weeks 4 and 8 than at baseline (XI: p = .0004 and .0001; PBQ: p = .0004 and .0011, respectively). For QOL at weeks 4 and 8, there was a significant difference for questions related to head/neck cancer (p = .04 and .006, respectively). At week 8, there was a significant difference in physical well-being (p = .04). At weeks 5 and 8, there were significant differences in the total score (p = .04 and .03, respectively).
Acupuncture was effective for radiation-induced xerostomia in this small pilot study. Further research is needed. © 2009 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Head Neck, 2009