Cancer-Related Cognitive Function: Acupuncture Pilot Study (CLARITY)


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Cancer-related Cognitive Function Acupuncture Pilot Study (CLARITY)


Patients who have been treated for cancer often experience cognitive difficulties. Cognitive difficulties can involve problems with memory, concentration, executive function (planning, decision-making, etc.), or psychomotor skills (writing, driving, etc.).

Acupuncture is a medical technique that involves the insertion of very thin needles into specific areas of the body to promote health and well-being. It has been widely used to treat pain, but researchers think that acupuncture can also improve cognitive function. The purpose of this study is to see if acupuncture can help alleviate cognitive difficulties in survivors of breast, colorectal, or gynecologic cancers.

Participants will be involved in the study for 16 weeks. They will receive either real or placebo acupuncture over 10 weeks. Placebo acupuncture is performed the same way as real acupuncture, but uses different needles and targets different sites or places on the body than real acupuncture. Some participants will be assigned to receive real acupuncture after a 16-week waiting period. All participants will complete study questionnaires and have cognitive testing over the course of the 16-week study.


This study is for English-speaking adults who completed treatment for non-metastatic breast, colorectal, or gynecologic cancer 3 or more months before entering the study and who developed worsening cognitive difficulties after their cancer diagnosis. Participants may not have received acupuncture within a year of study entry.

For more information about this study, please contact the research team at 646-888-0812.