Reflexology or Aromatherapy Massage in Relieving Symptoms in Patients With Cancer
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|ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01217424|
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : October 8, 2010
Last Update Posted : November 1, 2016
RATIONALE: Reflexology and aromatherapy massage may lessen symptoms in patients with cancer. It is not yet known whether reflexology is more effective than aromatherapy massage in relieving symptoms in patients with cancer.
PURPOSE: This randomized clinical trial is studying reflexology to see how well it works compared with aromatherapy massage in relieving symptoms in patients with cancer.
|Condition or disease||Intervention/treatment||Phase|
|Pain Psychosocial Effects of Cancer and Its Treatment Unspecified Adult Solid Tumor, Protocol Specific||Other: questionnaire administration Procedure: aromatherapy and essential oils Procedure: management of therapy complications Procedure: massage therapy Procedure: psychosocial assessment and care Procedure: reflexology procedure||Not Applicable|
- To determine whether reflexology is as effective as aromatherapy massage for alleviation of self-selected symptoms in patients with cancer in an outpatient setting.
- To determine the difference between the two therapies with respect to Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) relaxation scores before and after each treatment.
OUTLINE: Patients are stratified according to gender (male vs female), treatment (chemotherapy vs other) and their first concern choice (pain vs other). Patients are randomized to 1 of 2 intervention arms.
- Arm I (Reflexology): Patients undergo 45-60 minutes of reflexology for 4 sessions.
- Arm II (Aromatherapy massage): Patients undergo 45-60 minutes of of aromatherapy massage for 4 sessions.
Patients complete questionnaires (Measure Yourself Concerns and Well-being [MYCAW] questionnaire and Visual Analogue Scale [VAS]) at baseline, before and after each session, and after completion of all four sessions.
|Study Type :||Interventional (Clinical Trial)|
|Estimated Enrollment :||100 participants|
|Primary Purpose:||Supportive Care|
|Official Title:||Is Reflexology as Effective as Aromatherapy Massage for Symptom Relief in an Outpatient Oncology Population?|
|Study Start Date :||October 2010|
|Actual Primary Completion Date :||November 2011|
|Actual Study Completion Date :||November 2011|
- Difference of 1 point of concern scores in Measure Yourself Concerns and Well-being (MYCAW) questionnaire from baseline to second evaluation (after completion of all four sessions of therapy)
- Difference of 2 points of concern scores in MYCAW questionnaire
- Difference in MYCAW overall well-being score
- Change over time in pre-session Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) relaxation score (long-term relaxation benefit)
- Change in pre- to post-session VAS relaxation score (short-term relaxation benefit)
- Percentage of patients gaining benefit from the intervention defined as improvement by at least 1 point in all answered MYCAW scales
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT01217424
|Royal Marsden - London|
|London, England, United Kingdom, SW3 6JJ|
|Principal Investigator:||Clare Shaw, MD||Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust|