Massage in patients undergoing intensive chemotherapy reduces serum cortisol and prolactin.

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http://hdl.handle.net/10541/68041
Title:
Massage in patients undergoing intensive chemotherapy reduces serum cortisol and prolactin.
Authors:
Stringer, Jacqui; Swindell, Ric; Dennis, Michael
Abstract:
OBJECTIVE: The objective is to identify whether single 20 min massage sessions were safe and effective in reducing stress levels of isolated haematological oncology patients. DESIGN: Based on a randomised controlled trial, 39 patients were randomised to aromatherapy, massage or rest (control) arm. MEASURES: The measures were serum cortisol and prolactin levels, quality of life (EORTC QLQ-C30) and semi-structured interviews. Primary outcome measure was the fall in serum cortisol levels. RESULTS: A significant difference was seen between arms in cortisol (P=0.002) and prolactin (p=0.031) levels from baseline to 30 min post-session. Aromatherapy and massage arms showed a significantly greater drop in cortisol than the rest arm. Only the massage arm had a significantly greater reduction in prolactin then the rest arm. The EORTC QLQ-C30 showed a significant reduction in 'need for rest' for patients in both experimental arms compared with the control arm, whereas the semi-structured interviews identified a universal feeling of relaxation in patients in the experimental arms. CONCLUSION: This pilot study demonstrated that in isolated haematological oncology patients, a significant reduction in cortisol could be safely achieved through massage, with associated improvement in psychological well-being. The implications are discussed.
Affiliation:
Haematology and Transplant Unit, Christie Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester, UK. jacqui.stringer@christie.nhs.uk
Citation:
Massage in patients undergoing intensive chemotherapy reduces serum cortisol and prolactin. 2008, 17 (10):1024-31 Psychooncology
Journal:
Psycho-Oncology
Issue Date:
Oct-2008
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10541/68041
DOI:
10.1002/pon.1331
PubMed ID:
18300336
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
1099-1611
Appears in Collections:
All Christie Publications ; Haematology

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dc.contributor.authorStringer, Jacqui-
dc.contributor.authorSwindell, Ric-
dc.contributor.authorDennis, Michael-
dc.date.accessioned2009-05-13T16:19:52Z-
dc.date.available2009-05-13T16:19:52Z-
dc.date.issued2008-10-
dc.identifier.citationMassage in patients undergoing intensive chemotherapy reduces serum cortisol and prolactin. 2008, 17 (10):1024-31 Psychooncologyen
dc.identifier.issn1099-1611-
dc.identifier.pmid18300336-
dc.identifier.doi10.1002/pon.1331-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10541/68041-
dc.description.abstractOBJECTIVE: The objective is to identify whether single 20 min massage sessions were safe and effective in reducing stress levels of isolated haematological oncology patients. DESIGN: Based on a randomised controlled trial, 39 patients were randomised to aromatherapy, massage or rest (control) arm. MEASURES: The measures were serum cortisol and prolactin levels, quality of life (EORTC QLQ-C30) and semi-structured interviews. Primary outcome measure was the fall in serum cortisol levels. RESULTS: A significant difference was seen between arms in cortisol (P=0.002) and prolactin (p=0.031) levels from baseline to 30 min post-session. Aromatherapy and massage arms showed a significantly greater drop in cortisol than the rest arm. Only the massage arm had a significantly greater reduction in prolactin then the rest arm. The EORTC QLQ-C30 showed a significant reduction in 'need for rest' for patients in both experimental arms compared with the control arm, whereas the semi-structured interviews identified a universal feeling of relaxation in patients in the experimental arms. CONCLUSION: This pilot study demonstrated that in isolated haematological oncology patients, a significant reduction in cortisol could be safely achieved through massage, with associated improvement in psychological well-being. The implications are discussed.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.subjectCanceren
dc.subjectOncologyen
dc.subjectCortisolen
dc.subjectStressen
dc.subject.meshAromatherapy-
dc.subject.meshFemale-
dc.subject.meshHumans-
dc.subject.meshHydrocortisone-
dc.subject.meshLeukemia-
dc.subject.meshMale-
dc.subject.meshMassage-
dc.subject.meshMiddle Aged-
dc.subject.meshPilot Projects-
dc.subject.meshProlactin-
dc.subject.meshQuality of Life-
dc.subject.meshQuestionnaires-
dc.subject.meshRest-
dc.titleMassage in patients undergoing intensive chemotherapy reduces serum cortisol and prolactin.en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentHaematology and Transplant Unit, Christie Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester, UK. jacqui.stringer@christie.nhs.uken
dc.identifier.journalPsycho-Oncologyen

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