Reiki/Energy Healing in Prostate Cancer

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
Collaborator:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Joan Fox, The Cleveland Clinic
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00065208
First received: July 18, 2003
Last updated: September 20, 2012
Last verified: September 2012
  Purpose

The purpose of this study is to determine whether Reiki energy healing affects anxiety and disease progression in patients with localized prostate cancer who are candidates for radical prostatectomy.


Condition Intervention Phase
Prostate Cancer
Behavioral: Reiki
Behavioral: Pretend Reiki
Behavioral: Rest / Guided Imagery
Phase 1
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Effects of Energy Healing on Prostate Cancer

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Further study details as provided by The Cleveland Clinic:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • To evaluate the effects of Reiki on anxiety states using validated psychometric instruments. [ Time Frame: Each 30 minute session ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • To evaluate the effects of Reiki on physiologic anxiety as measured by cortisol and DHEA levels [ Time Frame: Each 30 minute session ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • To evaluate the effects of Reiki on cancer progression as measured by PSA levels in plasma. [ Time Frame: throughout study ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • To evaluate the effects of Reiki and guided imagery on post-surgical pain and urinary symptoms [ Time Frame: Throughout study ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Enrollment: 79
Study Start Date: April 2005
Study Completion Date: June 2010
Primary Completion Date: June 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Reiki
Energy therapy
Behavioral: Reiki
Energy therapy - 8 biweekly sessions of 30 minutes
Other Names:
  • Energy Therapy
  • Touch Therapy
  • Energy Healing
Sham Comparator: Pretend Reiki Behavioral: Pretend Reiki
Touch from untrained pretend practitioners. 8 biweekly sessions of 30 minutes
Other Name: Touch
Rest / Guided Imagery
Rest for pre-surgery outcomes Guided Imagery for post-surgery outcomes
Behavioral: Rest / Guided Imagery
4 weekly sessions of 30 supine rest listening to soft music. One session of Guided Imagery followed at visit 9. Listen to CDs twice a day 3 days prior to and 2 days following surgery (affect only post surgery outcomes)
Other Name: Guided Imagery

Detailed Description:

120 newly diagnosed prostate cancer patients will be randomized to one of 3 groups: Reiki, another touch therapy, or guided imagery. Subjects in the Reiki and touch therapy groups have 8 sessions in the 4 weeks prior to their medical intervention. Those in the imagery group have one session prior to their medical intervention.

  Eligibility

Genders Eligible for Study:   Male
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion criteria:

  • Newly diagnosed with prostate cancer
  • Scheduled for radial prostatectomy, external beam radiation, brachytherapy, or a combination of these

Exclusion criteria:

  • Already involved in energy healing treatments
  • Any patient whose medical intervention could not wait the 4-weeks for intervention for medical reasons
  • Any patient who gets neo-adjuvant therapy or any herbal product that could affect PSA
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00065208

Locations
United States, Ohio
Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Cleveland, Ohio, United States, 44195
Sponsors and Collaborators
The Cleveland Clinic
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Joan Fox, Ph.D. The Cleveland Clinic
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Joan Fox, Staff, The Cleveland Clinic
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00065208     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: R21 AT001120
Study First Received: July 18, 2003
Last Updated: September 20, 2012
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Keywords provided by The Cleveland Clinic:
Prostate cancer
Reiki
Energy Healing

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Prostatic Neoplasms
Genital Neoplasms, Male
Urogenital Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Neoplasms
Genital Diseases, Male
Prostatic Diseases

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on September 11, 2014