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Effect of Therapeutic Massage in Cancer Patient: Suffering

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DOI: 10.4236/jct.2017.812094    471 Downloads   800 Views

ABSTRACT

People with oncological disease demonstrate, in addition to the side effects of the treatments, the future uncertainties and suffering, having this pathology an impact on self-image, in interpersonal relationships, the meanings and ways of life. We design the quasi-experimental study with the aim to evaluate the effect of the massage therapy on a sample of 31 suffering cancer patients, 16 of the experimental group and the control group 15. For the operationalization of the independent variable a protocol of massage therapy advocated by Tiffany Field was used and Hernandez-Reif uses the inventory of subjective Experiences suffering in illness (IESSD). The massage therapy was proved beneficial on psychological dimension (p < 0.001), physical (p = 0.001), existential (p < 0.001), relational partner (p = 0.005) and suffering (p < 0.001). Our purpose with this study is not only that health professionals use this intervention, and that these results encourage the scientific community, in carrying out future research in this pathology and other chronic diseases.

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Alves, M. , Jardim, M. and Gomes, B. (2017) Effect of Therapeutic Massage in Cancer Patient: Suffering. Journal of Cancer Therapy, 8, 1095-1106. doi: 10.4236/jct.2017.812094.

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