Acupuncture for the Treatment of Chemotherapy-Induced Side Effects in Dogs with Lymphoma
Why are we doing this study?
Significant amounts of research exist proving the benefits of acupuncture for minimizing the side effects of chemotherapy in people. Acupuncture has been shown to reduce chemotherapy-induced nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. It has also been shown to improve white blood cell counts and minimize delays in treatments due to blood work changes. Despite all of these findings in human oncology patients, no evidence exists in the veterinary literature for the benefit of acupuncture in veterinary cancer patients. The goal of this study is to investigate if acupuncture is safe and just as beneficial for veterinary cancer patients as it is for people.
How does my pet qualify?
If your dog has recently been diagnosed with lymphoma, and you are interested in pursuing chemotherapy, your pet may qualify for enrollment in this clinical trial. Your pet should not have started chemotherapy yet, and this must be a new diagnosis, not a relapse of a previous diagnosis. You must be interested in pursuing multidrug chemotherapy (also known as CHOP or Madison Wisconsin) for your pet to qualify.
What are the benefits?
If enrolled in the trial, your pet will be assigned to one of two groups. If assigned to the acupuncture group, all acupuncture treatments will be performed as part of the clinical study without any charge to you. For all patients, the costs of specific blood work analyses that are routinely performed during chemotherapy will also be included as part of the clinical trial, with no charge to you. All patients will receive standard of care chemotherapy.
Who should we contact?
Currently, patients enrolled in this clinical trial are receiving chemotherapy at NorthStar Vets in Robbinsville, NJ. Please contact the staff at Dr. Pope’s office or NorthStar Vets Oncology for more information on how to enroll. Please click here for more information.