The Effect of Meditation and Massage Therapy for Breast Cancer Patients Undergoing Tissue Reconstruction
|ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01736605|
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : November 29, 2012
Last Update Posted : April 7, 2015
|Condition or disease||Intervention/treatment|
|Breast Cancer||Procedure: Massage Procedure: Massage combined with meditation|
Besides skin cancer breast cancer is the most common malignancy among women. Most women with breast cancer will undergo some kind of breast cancer surgery. For women undergoing a mastectomy, breast reconstruction offers significant quality of life benefits and is a vital option to enhance breast cancer recovery. There are two general types of reconstructive options:
- Prosthetic devices (saline implants, silicone implants, tissue expanders)
- Autologous tissue reconstructions with tissue flaps that are transferred from adjoining or distant donor sites to the anterior chest wall.
When reconstruction of the breast mound is accomplished using the patient's own tissues, the result is typically more natural in both appearance and feel than with expander/implant reconstruction. However the disadvantages of autologous reconstruction include longer surgical procedures and prolonged recovery time as compared to prosthetic reconstruction. Postoperative pain, anxiety, fatigue are among the challenges facing patients undergoing breast cancer surgery and especially patients who decided to undergo these complicated plastic surgical procedures. Massage therapy has been used successfully to target common postoperative symptoms such as pain, anxiety, tension and fatigue in breast cancer patients.
Meditation has been shown to be helpful in achieving healing and relaxation through purposeful contemplation and reflection.
In this study we propose to explore the effectiveness of massage therapy combined with meditation in breast cancer patients recovering from autologous tissue reconstruction with the hope that the combination will augment the benefit obtained by massage therapy alone.
|Study Type :||Interventional (Clinical Trial)|
|Actual Enrollment :||40 participants|
|Intervention Model:||Parallel Assignment|
|Masking:||None (Open Label)|
|Official Title:||The Effect of Meditation and Massage Therapy for Breast Cancer Patients Undergoing Autologous Tissue Reconstruction - A Pilot Study|
|Study Start Date :||January 2013|
|Primary Completion Date :||October 2014|
|Study Completion Date :||October 2014|
Active Comparator: Massage
Daily massage for 20 minutes the first 3 days following surgery.
Patients will receive a daily 20 minute massage in their hospital room on the first 3 days following surgery.
Active Comparator: Massage combined with meditation
Daily massage for 20 minutes combined with meditation the first 3 days following surgery.
Procedure: Massage combined with meditation
Patients will receive a daily 20 minute massage combined with meditation in their hospital room on the first 3 days following surgery.
- Assess the effect of massage therapy on pain and stress related symptoms after breast reconstruction surgery compared to baseline. [ Time Frame: 3 Days ]
- Assess the effect of massage therapy combined with meditation on pain and stress related symptoms after breast reconstruction surgery compared to baseline. [ Time Frame: 3 Days ]
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT01736605
|United States, Minnesota|
|Rochester, Minnesota, United States, 55905|
|Principal Investigator:||Dietlind L. Wahner-Roedler, MD||Mayo Clinic|