Study of Massage Therapy Within a Brain Tumor Setting

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : April 1, 2009
Last Update Posted : May 30, 2013
Massage Therapy Foundation
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Duke University

Brief Summary:

The purpose of this study is

  • to assess the feasibility and acceptability of massage therapyto examine the effects of massage therapy
  • to explore whether psychological outcomes are associated with changes in patient reported QoL.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Brain Tumors Behavioral: Massage Therapy Not Applicable

Detailed Description:
As a part of this study, we will provide massage therapy to brain tumor patients. Our contribution here is expected to determine whether massage therapy is safe and helps to improve patient QoL. This contribution is significant because it is expected to provide pilot data on effect sizes so that we may design an adequately powered study to develop massage therapy programs and interventions for patients with brain tumors. In addition to benefiting brain tumor patients, the information from this study may be applied to improving the QoL of other cancer patients.

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 10 participants
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Feasibility Study of Massage Therapy Within a Brain Tumor Setting
Study Start Date : September 2008
Actual Primary Completion Date : August 2010
Actual Study Completion Date : August 2010

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MedlinePlus related topics: Brain Tumors

Arm Intervention/treatment
A prospective, single-arm intervention study, potential participants will be identified and screened for eligibility via medical record review of patient scheduled for their post surgical primary adjuvant treatment consultation at DUMC.
Behavioral: Massage Therapy
The setting for massage intervention will take place at The Duke Center for Living (DCL). . The massage therapists at the DCL work closely with physicians to design appropriate interventions for patients who are receiving treatment at DUMC, including cancer patients. All DCL therapists have completed more than 600 hours of training, are nationally certified and hold a North Carolina license to practice massage. These types include Swedish, deep muscle, myofascial release, trigger point, acupressure, Bowen Technique, sports massage and chair massage.

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. To assess the feasibility and acceptability of massage therapy provided to primary brain tumor patients. This assessment will integrate data about patient eligibility rates, patient participation rates, patient adherence rates, and adverse events. [ Time Frame: 6 months ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. To examine the effects of massage therapy on psychological outcomes related to stress, distress, anxiety, and depression in this population and to explore whether psychological outcomes are associated with changes in patient reported QoL. [ Time Frame: 12 months ]

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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients with histological confirmed, newly diagnosed, post surgical WHO grade III/IV malignant glioma (i.e., glioblastoma, anaplastic astrocytoma) being followed at the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center (PRT-BTC) at Duke University Medical Center (DUMC) will be considered potential participants for this study.
  • Additional eligibility criteria will be:

    1. > 18 years old
    2. Karnofsky Performance Score of > 70 at onset of study
    3. estimated life expectancy of > 3 months
    4. approval from attending oncologist
    5. the ability to speak, read and write English
    6. live within a 60 mile radius of the DCL
    7. be identified as "stressed" by Perceived Stress Scale (PSS) score, > 12.1 and 13.7 for men and women respectively, and 8) signed informed consent prior to initiation of study-related procedures.

Exclusion Criteria:

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00873184

United States, North Carolina
Duke University Medical Center
Durham, North Carolina, United States, 27710
Sponsors and Collaborators
Duke University
Massage Therapy Foundation
Principal Investigator: Stephen Keir, Dr.Ph,MPH Duke University

Responsible Party: Duke University Identifier: NCT00873184     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: Pro00010000
First Posted: April 1, 2009    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: May 30, 2013
Last Verified: March 2012

Keywords provided by Duke University:
massage therapy in patients with brain tumors

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Brain Neoplasms
Central Nervous System Neoplasms
Nervous System Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases