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Massage Therapy in Treating the Symptoms of Patients With Locally Advanced or Metastatic Cancer

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00253708
First Posted: November 15, 2005
Last Update Posted: August 7, 2017
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Collaborator:
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Russell Phillips, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  Purpose

RATIONALE: Massage therapy may help relieve symptoms associated with cancer. It is not yet known which type of massage therapy is more effective in treating the symptoms of patients with cancer.

PURPOSE: This randomized clinical trial is studying different types of massage therapy to compare how well they work in treating the symptoms of patients with locally advanced or metastatic cancer.


Condition Intervention
Cancer Procedure: management of therapy complications Procedure: massage therapy Procedure: pain therapy Procedure: psychosocial assessment and care Procedure: quality-of-life assessment

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Intervention Model Description:
The study was designed to assess the feasibility and effectiveness of massage for patients with cancer-related pain
Masking: Double (Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: Body-Based Complementary Therapies for Patients With Cancer

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Further study details as provided by Russell Phillips, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Pain [ Time Frame: From baseline to 1 week and from baseline to one month ]
    0=no pain to 10=most severe pain

  • Anxiety [ Time Frame: From baseline to 1 week and from baseline to 1 month ]
    0=no anxiety to 10=most severe anxiety

  • Alertness [ Time Frame: From baseline to 1 week and from baseline to 1 month ]
    0=not at all alert to 10=most alert


Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Quality of Life: Physical Well-being [ Time Frame: From baseline to 1 week and from baseline to 1 month ]
    Physical well-being over past 2 days (0= physically terrible to 10= physically well)

  • Quality of Life: Psychological Well-being [ Time Frame: From baseline to 1 week and from baseline to 1 month ]
    Psychological well-being over past 2 days (depressed, nervous/worried, sad, terrified of future) (0= always/extremely to 10= never/not at all; in other words: 0=negative/worst to 10= positive/best)

  • Quality of Life: McGill Total [ Time Frame: From baseline to 1 week and from baseline to 1 month ]
    Quality of Life (McGill Total); Mean of five sub-measures (but not overall) (0 = negative to 10 = positive)

  • Sleep [ Time Frame: From baseline to 1 week and from baseline to 1 month ]
    Sleep (Richards-Campbell) 0 = best sleep to 50 = worst sleep


Enrollment: 39
Actual Study Start Date: December 1, 2004
Study Completion Date: January 1, 2013
Primary Completion Date: January 1, 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: massage

Patients received 3 massage therapy visits from massage therapists in initial week with a duration of 15-45 minutes.NOTE: Intervention 'management of therapy complications' has not been included in any Arm/Group Descriptions.

Patients were intended to receive pain therapy, psychosocial assessment and care, and quality-of-life assessment

Procedure: management of therapy complications Procedure: massage therapy Procedure: pain therapy Procedure: psychosocial assessment and care Procedure: quality-of-life assessment
Active Comparator: no-touch control
Patients received 3 no-touch therapy visits from massage therapists who provided no-touch without healing intention.Patients were intended to receive pain therapy, psychosocial assessment and care, and quality-of-life assessment
Procedure: management of therapy complications Procedure: massage therapy Procedure: pain therapy Procedure: psychosocial assessment and care Procedure: quality-of-life assessment
No Intervention: Usual care
Patients did not receive visits from massage therapists. Patients were intended to receive pain therapy, psychosocial assessment and care, and quality-of-life assessment

Detailed Description:

OBJECTIVES:

  • Compare the safety and tolerated dose (i.e., duration, techniques, and degree of pressure) of professional massage therapy vs professional simple presence (no touch) massage therapy vs usual care followed by caregiver massage therapy vs usual care in patients with locally advanced or metastatic cancer.
  • Correlate these therapies with pain, anxiety, depression, nausea, and shortness of breath in these patients.
  • Correlate these therapies with patient quality of life and caregiver anxiety and depression.
  • Determine the feasibility of teaching family caregivers how to provide massage therapy and the subsequent use of massage by the caregivers.
  • Determine the effects of caregiver massage therapy on patients and caregivers.
  • Determine the feasibility and acceptability among patients and massage therapists of a simple presence (no touch) massage therapy control group.

OUTLINE: This is a randomized, controlled, pilot study. Patients are randomized to 1 of 3 treatment arms.

  • Arm I (professional massage therapy): Hospitalized patients are offered massage therapy by a licensed massage therapist for 15-45 minutes once daily for the duration of their hospital stay. Outpatient oncology clinic patients are offered home-based massage therapy by a licensed massage therapist for 15-45 minutes once daily for 3 days.
  • Arm II (usual care): Patients receive usual care for symptom management.
  • Arm III (professional simple presence [no touch] massage therapy): Hospitalized patients are offered simple presence (no touch) massage therapy comprising a room visit by a licensed massage therapist who places his/her hands 12 inches over the patient without direct touch for 15-45 minutes. Treatment is offered once daily for the duration of the hospital stay. Outpatient oncology clinic patients are offered home-based simple presence (no touch) massage therapy by a licensed massage therapist for 15-45 minutes once daily for 3 days.

All patients are then randomized (a second time) to 1 of 2 treatment arms.

  • Arm I (caregiver massage therapy): Previously hospitalized patients are offered home-based caregiver massage therapy for 1 month. Outpatient oncology clinic patients are offered home-based caregiver massage therapy for 3 weeks.
  • Arm II (usual care): Patients receive usual care for symptom management. Hospitalized patients complete a questionnaire addressing symptoms, quality of life, satisfaction with symptom control, and time spent up or out of bed once daily on days 1-5, every 3 days while in the hospital, and then at 1 week, 2 weeks, and 1 month after discharge from the hospital. Outpatient oncology clinic patients complete a similar telephone questionnaire at baseline, 1 week, and then at 1 month.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: Approximately 100 patients will be accrued for this study.

  Eligibility

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 120 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion criteria:

  • Solid cancer with evidence of metastases
  • Receiving treatment at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC)
  • Must reside ≤ 25 miles from BIDMC

Exclusion criteria:

  • Patient to sick to be interviewed
  • Absence of severe symptoms
  • Participating in another trial
  • Language barrier
  • MD does not provide permission
  • Expired prior to consent process
  Contacts and Locations
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To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.

Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00253708


Locations
United States, Massachusetts
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02215
Sponsors and Collaborators
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Russell S. Phillips, MD Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  More Information

Publications:
Responsible Party: Russell Phillips, Principal Investigator, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00253708     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2003P000299
CDR0000445117 ( Registry Identifier: PDQ (Physician Data Query) )
R21CA098487 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
First Submitted: November 11, 2005
First Posted: November 15, 2005
Results First Submitted: March 30, 2017
Results First Posted: August 7, 2017
Last Update Posted: August 7, 2017
Last Verified: June 2017
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No

Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: No
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: No

Keywords provided by Russell Phillips, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center:
depression
nausea and vomiting
pain
psychosocial effects of cancer and its treatment
stage IIIA non-small cell lung cancer
stage IIIB non-small cell lung cancer
stage IV non-small cell lung cancer
extensive stage small cell lung cancer
stage III gastric cancer
stage III esophageal cancer
localized unresectable adult primary liver cancer
stage III colon cancer
stage IV renal cell cancer
stage IV bladder cancer
stage IV prostate cancer
stage IV breast cancer
stage IV ovarian epithelial cancer
advanced adult primary liver cancer
stage IV melanoma
stage IV ovarian germ cell tumor
ovarian sarcoma
ovarian stromal cancer
recurrent small cell lung cancer
recurrent adult primary liver cancer
recurrent colon cancer
recurrent esophageal cancer
recurrent gastric cancer
recurrent non-small cell lung cancer
recurrent bladder cancer
recurrent breast cancer