Acupuncture Trial for Chronic Lymphedema

Lymphedema is the buildup of lymphatic fluid in the arms and legs, which causes swelling. Lymphedema is a common side effect of breast cancer treatment when lymph nodes have been removed or damaged by surgery, chemotherapy, and/or radiation.

Lymphedema is usually treated by self-massage and the prescription of compression garments. Unfortunately, these treatments do not always control swelling effectively. Some research studies have shown that acupuncture may reduce lymphedema swelling.

The Integrative Medicine Center at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center is conducting a study to determine how acupuncture effects female breast cancer survivors with chronic lymphedema.

The acupuncture study will consist of two acupuncture treatments a week for six consecutive weeks and 3 months of follow-up care.

Eligibility Requirements:

Patient must be at least 18 years old

Lymphedema in an arm as a result of breast cancer treatment

Lymphedema diagnosis took place at least 6 months ago but less than 5 years ago

Affected arm is more than 2 centimeters larger than unaffected arm

If you are interested in participating, call the Research Assistant at (646) 888-0810.