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New York, New York 10065


RATIONALE: Massage therapy may help lessen pain caused by cancer. PURPOSE: This randomized phase II trial is studying how well massage therapy works in treating patients with cancer pain.

Study summary:

OBJECTIVES: - Determine whether the effects of massage therapy in patients with cancer pain are sufficiently promising to warrant a definitive trial. - Determine the feasibility of a definitive trial. OUTLINE: This is a randomized, controlled, pilot study. Patients are stratified according to in-patient status (yes vs no) and first baseline pain score ≥ 7 (yes vs no). Patients are randomized to 1 of 3 treatment arms. - Arm I (massage therapy): Patients receive a light touch ("Reiki") massage over 45 minutes. - Arm II (volunteer visit control): Patients receive a 45-minute visit from a trained volunteer who will be available to sit quietly or talk with the patient to discuss issues of concern, as desired by the patient. Volunteers will not touch the patient except to pat their shoulder or briefly hold their hand. - Arm III (quiet time control): Patients receive 45 minutes of quiet time. Pain and mood are assessed at baseline, immediately after treatment, at 6 hours and 24 hours after treatment, and then daily for the next 5 days after treatment. PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 60 patients will be accrued for this study.


DISEASE CHARACTERISTICS: - Diagnosis of cancer - Baseline pain score ≥ 2 on a 0-10 rating scale where 0 = no pain - Pain syndrome must be the result of cancer and/or cancer treatment - No postoperative or other acute procedural pain PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS: - Not specified PRIOR CONCURRENT THERAPY: - Concurrent pharmacologic pain therapy allowed



Primary Contact:

Principal Investigator
Barrie R. Cassileth, PhD
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

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Location Contact:

New York, New York 10065
United States

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Site Status: N/A

Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: October 09, 2019

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