Reflexology or Aromatherapy Massage in Relieving Symptoms in Patients With Cancer | Recruiting
Reflexology or Aromatherapy Massage in Relieving Symptoms in Patients With Cancer

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Health Conditions
  • Pain
  • Psychosocial Effects of Cancer and Its Treatment
  • Unspecified Adult Solid Tumor, Protocol Specific
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Primary Contact Details
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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.
Research Details
  • OBJECTIVES: Primary - To determine whether reflexology is as effective as aromatherapy massage for alleviation of self-selected symptoms in patients with cancer in an outpatient setting. Secondary - 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.
Phase
N/A
Study Design
Allocation: Randomized, Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Study Type
Interventional
Intervention
Other : questionnaire administration, Procedure : aromatherapy and essential oils, Procedure : management of therapy complications, Procedure : massage therapy, Procedure : psychosocial assessment and care, Procedure : reflexology procedure

Study Arm Groups : , , , , ,

Intervention Type
See Interventions above
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
Publication(s)
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Result Reports
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Gender
Both
Age Range
18 Years - N/A
Who Can Participate
Patients
Number of Participants
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
This is in the inclusion criteria above
Trial Location(s)
Research Site
London
SW3 6JJ
Trial Contact(s)
Primary Trial Contact
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Other Trial Contacts
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Countries Recruiting
United Kingdom
Scientific Title
Is Reflexology as Effective as Aromatherapy Massage for Symptom Relief in an Outpatient Oncology Population?
EudraCT Number
Not available for this trial
Funder(s)
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Other Study ID Numbers
CDR0000686459
Sponsor(s)
Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust
Key Dates

Recruitment Start Date

Oct 2010

Recruitment End Date

Sep 2011

Trial Start Date
Date Not Available
Trial End Date
Date Not Available
Date Assigned

07 Oct 2010

Last Updated

23 Aug 2013