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Medline ® Abstract for Reference 149

of '癌症的补充和替代疗法'

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Massage therapy for symptom control: outcome study at a major cancer center.
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Cassileth BR, Vickers AJ
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J Pain Symptom Manage. 2004;28(3):244.
 
Massage is increasingly applied to relieve symptoms in patients with cancer. This practice is supported by evidence from small randomized trials. No study has examined massage therapy outcome in a large group of patients. At Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, patients report symptom severity pre- and post-massage therapy using 0-10 rating scales of pain, fatigue, stress/anxiety, nausea, depression and "other." Changes in symptom scores and the modifying effects of patient status (in- or outpatient) and type of massage were analyzed. Over a three-year period, 1,290 patients were treated. Symptom scores were reduced by approximately 50%, even for patients reporting high baseline scores. Outpatients improved about 10% more than inpatients. Benefits persisted, with outpatients experiencing no return toward baseline scores throughout the duration of 48-hour follow-up. These data indicate that massage therapy is associated with substantive improvement in cancer patients' symptom scores.
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Integrative Medicine Service, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York 10021, USA.
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