Developing a consensus statement for building protocol content of clinical trials in TCM modalities for cancer care
Cancer is a major contributor to the global burden of disease with increasing incidence in both developing and developed countries. For many cancer patients, symptoms such as insomnia, pain, fatigue, and anxiety may persist despite standard medical interventions.
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has been widely accepted as a mainstream form of complementary and alternative therapy with beneficial effects for cancer patients in China. In Western and developed countries the application of TCM modalities and products for cancer care is increasing. While the field of research in this area is rapidly growing, currently both the quality of the evidence level, and the methodological quality, of clinical research in this area is limited.
Currently there is no guideline specific for the design of clinical research in traditional Chinese medicine in cancer care. This project aims to develop a consensus statement for building clinical trial protocol content for cancer care in TCM modalities. A comprehensive evidence-based consensus statement for conducting research will facilitate the rigor of clinical research in this area of priority. The results from this project may translate into research practice.
Professor Xiaoshu Zhu, Emeritus Professor Alan Bensoussan