Preoperative Massage in Breast Surgery Patients

This study is currently recruiting participants. (see Contacts and Locations)
Verified September 2013 by Vassar Brothers Medical Center
Health Quest Systems
Dyson Center for Cancer Care
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Vassar Brothers Medical Center Identifier:
First received: June 14, 2012
Last updated: September 19, 2013
Last verified: September 2013

This randomized controlled interventional study is designed to determine whether breast cancer surgical patients receiving presurgical massage therapy performed by a licensed massage therapist have decreased average anxiety levels compared to the control group of breast cancer surgical patients who do not receive massage therapy.

Condition Intervention
Presurgical Anxiety
Breast Cancer
Procedure: Massage therapy
Procedure: Standard of care

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Utility of Preoperative Massage in Breast Surgery Patients

Resource links provided by NLM:

Further study details as provided by Vassar Brothers Medical Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Anxiety level [ Time Frame: Upon arrival at the hospital for scheduled surgery and again immediately prior to surgery. Expected interval between measurements estimated to be less than 120 minutes. ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Assessments will be done immediately post registration and immediately prior to surgery

Estimated Enrollment: 300
Study Start Date: June 2012
Estimated Primary Completion Date: June 2015 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Massage therapy
This group will received presurgical massage
Procedure: Massage therapy
Presurgical 15 minute massage performed by a licensed massage therapist
Placebo Comparator: Control
Standard of care with no massage
Procedure: Standard of care
Control group will receive standard of care with no massage therapy


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Male or female
  • Must speak English
  • Able to give consent
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Undergoing first procedure outpatient breast/axillary surgery at Vassar Brothers Medical Center

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Anxiolytics or antidepressants medications during the previous 24 hours
  • Any condition that would prohibit receiving a massage
  • IV medications prior to presurgical holding VAS assessment
  Contacts and Locations
Choosing to participate in a study is an important personal decision. Talk with your doctor and family members or friends about deciding to join a study. To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the Contacts provided below. For general information, see Learn About Clinical Studies.

Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01667328

Contact: Erika Mednick 845-483-6456

United States, New York
Vassar Brothers Medical Center Recruiting
Poughkeepsie, New York, United States, 12601
Contact: Erika Mednick    845-483-6456   
Contact: Janet Waters    845-483-6304   
Principal Investigator: Angela Keleher, M.D.         
Sub-Investigator: Gregory Zanieski, M.D.         
Sub-Investigator: Sara Winterleitner, N.P.         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Vassar Brothers Medical Center
Health Quest Systems
Dyson Center for Cancer Care
Principal Investigator: Angela Keleher, M.D. Vassar Brothers Medical Center
  More Information

Additional Information:
No publications provided

Responsible Party: Vassar Brothers Medical Center Identifier: NCT01667328     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2012-2
Study First Received: June 14, 2012
Last Updated: September 19, 2013
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by Vassar Brothers Medical Center:
Presurgical anxiety
Breast Cancer

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Anxiety Disorders
Mental Disorders processed this record on August 27, 2015