Abdominal acupuncture combined with megestrol acetate for advanced cancer-related anorexia: A randomized controlled trial

Publication date: Available online 27 August 2019Source: World Journal of Acupuncture - MoxibustionAuthor(s): Lu WANG, Ying-ying WANGABSTRACTObjectiveTo observe the clinical effect difference between abdominal acupuncture combined with megestrol acetate and megestrol acetate for advanced cancer-related anorexia.MethodsA total of 60 patients with advanced cancer-related anorexia were randomly divided into an abdominal acupuncture combined with oral megestrol acetate treatment group (group A) and oral megestrol acetate treatment group (group B), with 30 cases in each group. Both groups were given nutritional assessment, nutritional supplementation, improvement of constipation, correction of electrolyte disturbance and other general treatments. In addition, group B was given another 160 mg megestrol acetate dispersible tablet once a day. Group A was treated with abdominal acupuncture on the basis of group B treatment, 5 times a week, and both the groups were treated for 2 weeks. The appetite visual analog scale (VAS), Karnofsky (KPS) score, and body weight of the two groups were observed before and after treatment, and the clinical efficacy was evaluated.Results: After treatment, the appetite VAS in the both groups were lower than those before treatment, the Karnofsky (KPS) scores were higher than those before treatment, and the differences were statistically significant (both P
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