Targeting Post Cancer Fatigue

NICM and Bankstown Cancer Centre are conducting a new trial to evaluate the role of acupuncture to reduce cancer related fatigue following treatment. The aim of this study is to provide important information for us to help us design a large well designed study of acupuncture to treat cancer related fatigue for women and men recovering from breast cancer.

You can join the study if you have been diagnosed with breast cancer, and experience a certain level of fatigue following completion of surgery/chemotherapy/radiotherapy, between one month and two years since completing treatment. The study involves being allocated to the acupuncture group or the treatment as usual group. If you are allocated to the acupuncture group you will be required to attend for 10 acupuncture sessions at Bankstown Hospital commencing week one (one treatment), week two and three (twice weekly), week four to eight (once weekly).  Each treatment session will last one hour. To help us evaluate the treatment all study participants will need to complete some questionnaires on two occasions at the start and end of the study eight weeks later.

If you would like to be part of this research study to assist with examining new forms of supportive care during this distressing time, please contact Professor Caroline Smith at NICM on (02) 4620 3777 or email

Human Research Ethics Committee Approval: The study has been approved by the South Western Sydney Local Health District Human Research Ethics Committee - HREC/15/LPOOL/227.