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Oncology Program

Contact Information

Oncology Program
Laboratory of Clinical Investigation
Building 10, CRC, Room 4-1741
10 Center Drive, MSC 1302
Bethesda, MD 20892-1302

Phone: 301-435-6760
Fax: 301-480-3159

Current Research

Clinical research within the Oncology Program assesses the potential role of various CAM modalities in the treatment of cancer patients, and botanical-drug interactions in patients undergoing adjuvant chemotherapy. Current studies include:

  1. A randomized study of electroacupuncture treatment for delayed chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting in patients with pediatric-type sarcomas

  2. A Phase I study of mistletoe extract and gemcitabine pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and toxicity in patients with advanced cancer. Translational studies are envisioned to investigate the role and underlying mechanisms of selected CAM interventions in cancer therapy.

  3. A study that compares the effectiveness of tai chi (a sequence of slow, graceful body movements) and a cardiovascular exercise fitness program in improving physical fitness and endurance, reducing stress and improving well-being in adult survivors of cancer. Participants are randomly assigned to one of three study groups: tai chi, exercise training, or a waiting list. Individuals in the tai chi and exercise training groups participate in a supervised program for 1 hour 3 times a week for 12 weeks in the NIH Clinical Center.
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