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The Clinical and Biochemical Effect of Therapeutic Massage on Fatigue and Insomnia in Women With Breast Cancer Receiving Radiation Therapy (RTTM301)

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified February 2010 by Floyd Memorial Hospital and Health Services.
Recruitment status was:  Not yet recruiting
Indiana University
Information provided by:
Floyd Memorial Hospital and Health Services Identifier:
First received: February 16, 2010
Last updated: February 17, 2010
Last verified: February 2010

A majority of women with breast cancer receive radiation therapy, and many of them experience the debilitating side effects of fatigue and insomnia. There is a need for an effective treatment that could ameliorate these symptoms and improve quality of life in the radiation therapy population.

The primary purpose of the proposed research is to study the impact of massage therapy as a tool for the management of fatigue and insomnia experienced by women diagnosed with breast cancer and receiving radiation therapy.

The secondary purpose is to explain, at the biochemical level, the effect of therapeutic massage on the level of fatigue and insomnia in radiation therapy patients. Prior studies have shown an association between fatigue and insomnia in the breast cancer patient following radiation therapy and the presence of inflammation as evidenced by increased proinflammatory cytokine production. The investigators hypothesize that therapeutic massage will ameliorate the symptoms of fatigue and insomnia associated with radiation therapy, and will be associated with a reduction in the plasma levels of interleukin-6 (IL-6),soluble IL-6 receptor (sIL-6R/CD126), and C-Reactive Protein (CRP). This reduction in proinflammatory biomarkers will be due to the activation of the cholinergic anti-inflammatory pathway via the activation of the vagus nerve.

Condition Intervention
Breast Cancer
Procedure: Therapeutic Massage

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: The Clinical and Biochemical Effect of Therapeutic Massage on Fatigue and Insomnia in Women With Breast Cancer Receiving Radiation Therapy

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Further study details as provided by Floyd Memorial Hospital and Health Services:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Fatigue Symptom Inventory, Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index, and Insomnia Severity Index scores over time. [ Time Frame: Baseline, End of Treatment (6 weeks), End of Study (3 months after End of Treatment) ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Plasma levels of proinflammatory markers: interleukin-6 (IL-6), soluble IL-6 receptor (sIL-6R/CD126), and C-Reactive Protein (CRP). [ Time Frame: Baseline, End of Treatment (6 weeks) ]

Estimated Enrollment: 48
Study Start Date: November 2010
Estimated Study Completion Date: April 2012
Estimated Primary Completion Date: October 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Therapeutic Massage Procedure: Therapeutic Massage
Therapeutic Massage--subjects randomized to this group will receive weekly, one-hour therapeutic massage
No Intervention: No therapeutic massage


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • female patients and
  • > or = 18 years of age and
  • diagnosed with breast cancer and
  • undergoing radiation therapy and
  • willing to follow protocol requirements

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Stage IV disease or
  • Presence of an underlying disease that is anticipated to be fatal w/in 6 mo
  • Long term steroid medications in the past year or
  • Plans to move out of study region within six months or
  • Receiving regular body work over the past six months
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01071109

Contact: Judith G Myers, PhD 812-941-2695
Contact: Anthony E Dragun, MD 812- 945-4000 ext Option 3

United States, Indiana
FMHHS Cancer Care Center Not yet recruiting
New Albany, Indiana, United States, 47150
Contact: Judith G Myers, PhD    812-941-2695   
Contact: Krystal S Angevine, MSW    812-949-5989   
Principal Investigator: Judith G Myers, PhD         
Sub-Investigator: Anthony E Dragun, MD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Floyd Memorial Hospital and Health Services
Indiana University
Principal Investigator: Judith G Myers, PhD Indiana University Southeast
  More Information

Responsible Party: Judith G. Myers, PhD, Indiana University Southeast Identifier: NCT01071109     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: RTTM301
Study First Received: February 16, 2010
Last Updated: February 17, 2010

Keywords provided by Floyd Memorial Hospital and Health Services:
Therapeutic massage
radiation therapy
breast cancer
Breast Cancer patients receiving radiation therapy

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Breast Neoplasms
Sleep Initiation and Maintenance Disorders
Neoplasms by Site
Breast Diseases
Skin Diseases
Signs and Symptoms
Sleep Disorders, Intrinsic
Sleep Wake Disorders
Nervous System Diseases
Mental Disorders processed this record on May 25, 2017