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Acupuncture for cancer-related fatigue in lung cancer patients: methodological and statistical issues

  • Jose M. Moran
  • Luis M. Puerto-Parejo
  • Olga Leal-Hernandez
  • Antonio Sánchez Fernández
  • Juan D. Pedrera-Zamorano
Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor-in-Chief:

We read with great interest the paper written by Chien-shan Cheng et al. entitled “Acupuncture for cancer-related fatigue in lung cancer patients: a randomized, double blind, placebo-controlled pilot trial,” which was published in Support Care Cancer in 2017 [1]. The authors aimed to conduct a preliminary evaluation of whether acupuncture is an effective treatment the management of cancer-related fatigue (CRF) by longitudinally measuring symptom improvement and subjective well-being. Chin-shan Cheng and colleagues concluded that the statistical results and clinical observations of their study provided evidence that acupuncture treatment was beneficial for lung cancer patients with CRF. We propose that there are inaccuracies and methodological issues present in the study and that the analysis performed does not justify the considerable effort expended by both the researchers and the participants in the study. The authors have failed to correctly evaluate the...

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Reference

  1. 1.
    Cheng C, Chen L, Ning Z, Zhang CY, Chen H, Chen Z, Zhu XY, Xie J (2017) Acupuncture for cancer-related fatigue in lung cancer patients: a randomized, double blind, placebo-controlled pilot trial. Support Care Cancer 25:3807–3814.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s00520-017-3812-7gej CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Metabolic Bone Diseases Research Group. Nursing DepartmentUniversity of ExtremaduraCáceresSpain
  2. 2.Servicio de Tocoginecología, Servicio Extremeño de SaludHospital San Pedro de AlcantaraCáceresSpain

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