Reflexology or Aromatherapy Massage in Relieving Symptoms in Patients With Cancer | Recruiting
Reflexology or Aromatherapy Massage in Relieving Symptoms in Patients With Cancer
Health Conditions
  • Pain
  • Psychosocial Effects of Cancer and Its Treatment
  • Unspecified Adult Solid Tumor, Protocol Specific
Recruiting
Recruitment Status
NCT01217424
Primary Trial ID Number
Summary
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.
Primary Outcome Measures
  • 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); null
Secondary Outcome Measures
  • Difference of 2 points of concern scores in MYCAW questionnaire; null; Difference in MYCAW overall well-being score; null; Change over time in pre-session Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) relaxation score (long-term relaxation benefit); null; Change in pre- to post-session VAS relaxation score (short-term relaxation benefit); null; Percentage of patients gaining benefit from the intervention defined as improvement by at least 1 point in all answered MYCAW scales; null
Research Question
  • 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.
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Ethics Approval
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Countries of Recruitment
United Kingdom
Participant Sex
Both
Participant Age Range
18 Years to N/A
Participant Type
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Trial Sample Size
100
Participant Inclusion Criteria
  • DISEASE CHARACTERISTICS:
  • - Any patient receiving treatment for cancer at the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust
  • Hospital
  • - Must be attending the hospital as an outpatient
  • - Planning to access complementary therapy
  • PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS:
  • - No excessive pain in both hands and both feet
  • - Not experiencing a combination of conditions affecting both hands and both feet which
  • would prevent reflexology of either hands or feet from taking place, including any of
  • the following:
  • - Deep vein thrombosis
  • - Lymphedema
  • - Infected or broken skin
  • - Recent scars or injuries
  • - Phlebitis
  • - Areas currently receiving radiotherapy (or received radiotherapy in the past 2
  • weeks)
  • - Able and willing to attend the hospital for four 1-hour sessions
  • PRIOR CONCURRENT THERAPY:
  • - See Disease Characteristics
  • - At least 2 months since prior and no other concurrent massage therapy or reflexology
  • at the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust Hospital or from another practitioner
  • - Not planning to undergo massage therapy or reflexology while also taking part in this
  • study
  • - At least 2 months since prior and no other concurrent massage therapy at the Royal
  • Marsden NHS Foundation Trust Hospital
Participant Exclusion Criteria
  • DISEASE CHARACTERISTICS:
  • - Any patient receiving treatment for cancer at the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust
  • Hospital
  • - Must be attending the hospital as an outpatient
  • - Planning to access complementary therapy
  • PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS:
  • - No excessive pain in both hands and both feet
  • - Not experiencing a combination of conditions affecting both hands and both feet which
  • would prevent reflexology of either hands or feet from taking place, including any of
  • the following:
  • - Deep vein thrombosis
  • - Lymphedema
  • - Infected or broken skin
  • - Recent scars or injuries
  • - Phlebitis
  • - Areas currently receiving radiotherapy (or received radiotherapy in the past 2
  • weeks)
  • - Able and willing to attend the hospital for four 1-hour sessions
  • PRIOR CONCURRENT THERAPY:
  • - See Disease Characteristics
  • - At least 2 months since prior and no other concurrent massage therapy or reflexology
  • at the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust Hospital or from another practitioner
  • - Not planning to undergo massage therapy or reflexology while also taking part in this
  • study
  • - At least 2 months since prior and no other concurrent massage therapy at the Royal
  • Marsden NHS Foundation Trust Hospital
Interventions
Other; questionnaire administration; null; []; Procedure; aromatherapy and essential oils; null; []; Procedure; management of therapy complications; null; []; Procedure; massage therapy; null; []; Procedure; psychosocial assessment and care; null; []; Procedure; reflexology procedure; null; []
Design Details
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Study Design
Allocation: Randomized, Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Results Reporting
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Acronym
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Scientific Title
Is Reflexology as Effective as Aromatherapy Massage for Symptom Relief in an Outpatient Oncology Population?
Secondary Trial Identifying Number
RMNHS-REFLEXOLOGY; EU-21075; MREC-10/H0801/31
Website
http://cancer.gov/clinicaltrials/RMNHS-REFLEXOLOGY
Study Funded By
Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust
Funder Type
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Study Sponsored By
Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust
Study Also Sponsored By
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Primary Sponsor Type
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Secondary Sponsor Type
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Key Dates

Date of First Enrollment
Date Not Available
Recruitment End Date
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Trial End Date
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Date added to Registry

07 Oct 2010

Last Updated

23 Aug 2013

Date Record Refreshed on UKCTG

24 Jul 2015