A Study of Caring Hand Massage for Cancer Patients Undergoing Chemotherapy in an Outpatient Setting


About this study

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the feasibility and outcomes of hand massage therapy in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, and to measure its influence on their symptoms.

Participation eligibility

Participant eligibility includes age, gender, type and stage of disease, and previous treatments or health concerns. Guidelines differ from study to study, and identify who can or cannot participate. There is no guarantee that every individual who qualifies and wants to participate in a trial will be enrolled. Contact the study team to discuss study eligibility and potential participation.

Inclusion Criteria

  • Age 18 - 80
  • Receiving treatment at Mayo Clinic's Chemotherapy Outpatient Clinic
  • Able to speak English and complete surveys
  • Able to read, understand and sign inform consent

Exclusion Criteria

  • Has rash, sores, wounds, incision or other skin conditions on hands
  • Unable to give consent or complete the surveys
  • Already receiving hand massage
  • Pregnant women (As reported by participant)

Participating Mayo Clinic locations

Study statuses change often. Please contact the study team for the most up-to-date information regarding possible participation.

Mayo Clinic Location Status

Rochester, Minn.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

Susanne Cutshall, APRN, CNS, D.N.P.

Closed for enrollment

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