Roscoe, J.A., Matteson, S.E., Morrow, G.R., Hickok, J.T., Bushunow, P., Griggs, J., … Smith, J. (2005). Acustimulation wrist bands are not effective for the control of chemotherapy-induced nausea in women with breast cancer. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 29, 376-384.doi: 10.1016%2Fj.jpainsymman.2004.07.007
Patients receiving doxorubicin and cyclophosphamide were randomized to one of three arms.
Participants were told to wear the assigned band and adjust the acustimulation dial to increase or decrease the acustimulation; they could wear the band as frequently as desired over five days.
All participants were treated at outpatient centers at one of four Rochester, NY, area cancer centers.
The study design was a randomized, three-arm trial.
No significant differences were found in any study measures among the three treatment conditions.
The study does not support the use of acustimulation bands as an adjunct to antiemetics in female patients with breast cancer.