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Massage Therapy
Research study
For cancer related fatigue in
breast cancer survivors
Conducted by:
The Middlesex Hospital ...
Who is eligible?
Any breast cancer survivor, male
or female, may participate, if he or
she is also:
 18 years of age or o...
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Massage Therapy Brochure - Final

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Massage Therapy Brochure - Final

  1. 1. Massage Therapy Research study For cancer related fatigue in breast cancer survivors Conducted by: The Middlesex Hospital Cancer Center Sponsored by: The Massage Therapy Foundation The Middlesex Hospital Cancer Center is a fully- accredited community cancer center offering a full range of screening, diagnostic, treatment, support and survivorship services. These are provided by a team of highly-skilled clinicians who combine the latest technologies with compassion to ensure that each and every patient receives quality care, personalized to his or her unique needs. Programs and services include our: Comprehensive Breast Center Comprehensive Prostate & Urology Programs GYN & Colorectal Programs Total Lung Care Center - Nurse Navigation Medical Oncology | Radiation Oncology Surgical Services | Surgical Alliance - Distress Management Oncology Nutrition Research & Clinical Trials Center for Survivorship & Integrative Medicine For more information about any of these services or our care providers, please call (860) 358-2000 or visit the The facts  80% - 100% of cancer patients experience Cancer Related Fatigue  More and more survivors are looking to alternative modalities like massage to help manage the effects of Cancer Related Fatigue.  There is some evidence from studies that massage may be helpful in improving quality of life for cancer survivors experiencing Cancer Related Fatigue. Our study  A randomized, controlled research study at the Middlesex Hospital Cancer Center.  Open to breast cancer survivors who have been finished with active treatment for one year or more.  Swedish-style massage will be delivered by one of the Cancer Center’s three Licensed Massage Therapists.  Fatigue will be measured by a series of surveys that ask about levels of tiredness and other related Quality of Life indicators. This study is made possible through a generous grant from the Massage Therapy Foundation. For more information about this national organization, please visit
  2. 2. Who is eligible? Any breast cancer survivor, male or female, may participate, if he or she is also:  18 years of age or older  At least one year removed from active treatment (surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy or any combination of these)  Currently experiencing Cancer Related Fatigue (CRF)  Using or not using aromatase inhibitors or Tamoxifen  Has not had a massage in the month before beginning the study.  Able to travel to the Middlesex Hospital Outpatient Center (Cancer Center) one time per week for five straight weeks. Your research assistant will review these criteria with you in detail at your initial visit to ensure that you are eligible to take part in the study. How does it work? Step 1: Before the Study  Meet with one of our research assistants to make sure you are able to participate.  Complete three short questionnaires about your health and fatigue.  Be assigned to Group A or Group B. Step 2: The Study  If you are in Group A… you will receive one massage per week for four straight weeks. You will fill out one survey about your fatigue before each massage and one day after each massage.  If you are in Group B… you will only fill out fatigue questionnaires for a four week time period. After the study is complete, you will receive three free massages, which can be scheduled at a time that works for you. Step 3: After the Study  Members of both groups will be called by their research assistant four weeks after their study period ends to complete one final fatigue survey. Frequently Asked Questions  Where will the study massages be done? All massages will take place at the Middlesex Hospital Outpatient Center. This is located at 536 Saybrook Road, Middletown, CT 06457.  Who will perform the massages? One of our three Licensed Massage Therapists.  How will I know which group I am in? At your first meeting with a research assistant, you will be randomly put into either Group A or Group B. You will immediately be told which group you are in.  Why is there a Group B? Group B members will not get massage while taking part in the study. This allows us to compare their fatigue with fatigue of those getting massage.  How many people will participate? 100 breast cancer survivors will take part in the study.  How will my fatigue be measured? This study will use the Brief Fatigue Inventory, a reliable tool from the MD Anderson Cancer Center. How do I enroll in this study? Please call us at (860) 358-2077 and leave a message - Katharine Conroy, BSPH or Pat O’Brien, APRN, the research assistants, will contact you for more information