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J Altern Complement Med. 2007 Jan-Feb;13(1):53-7.

Massage relieves nausea in women with breast cancer who are undergoing chemotherapy.

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  • 1Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology/Physiotherapy, The Sahlgrenska Academy at Göteborg University, Göteborg, Sweden. annika.billhult@vgregion.se

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

The aim of the present study was to examine the effect of massage on nausea, anxiety, and depression in patients with breast cancer undergoing chemotherapy.

DESIGN:

This work was a single-center, prospective, randomized, controlled trial.

SETTINGS/LOCATION:

This study was conducted in an oncology clinic, in a hospital in southwestern Sweden.

SUBJECTS:

Thirty-nine (39) women (mean age = 51.8) with breast cancer undergoing chemotherapy were enrolled.

INTERVENTIONS:

The patients were randomly assigned to a massage therapy group (20 minutes of massage on five occasions) or a control group (five 20-minute visits).

OUTCOME MEASURES:

All patients recorded nausea and anxiety on the Visual Analogue Scale before and after each intervention. They also completed the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale.

RESULTS:

Massage treatment significantly reduced nausea compared with control treatment (p = 0.025) when improvement was measured as a percentage of the five treatment periods. Differences in anxiety and depression between the two treatment regimes could not be statistically demonstrated.

CONCLUSIONS:

This study complements previous studies on the effect of massage and supports the conclusion that massage reduces nausea in these patients.

PMID:
17309378
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