A Study of Massage Therapy Alone and in Combination with Acupuncture for Breast Cancer Patients Undergoing Autologous Tissue Reconstruction


About this study

The purpose of this study is to explore the effectiveness of massage therapy combined with acupuncture in breast cancer patients recovering from autologous tissue reconstruction with the hope that the combination will augment the benefit obtained by massage therapy alone.

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

  • Female
  • Has breast cancer 
  • Will undergo a mastectomy and the following autologous tissue reconstruction
    • Free TRAM flaps (Transverse Rectus Abdominis Myocutaneous)
    • Muscle-sparing free TRAM flaps (or MS-TRAM)
    • DIEP flaps (Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforator)
    • SIEA flaps (Superficial Inferior Epigastric Artery)
    • Pedicled TRAM flaps
  • Will undergo surgery on Monday or Tuesday (massage or massage combined with acupuncture on postoperative days 1-3, plus or minus 1 day for beginning treatment)
  • Able to speak English
  • Able to complete the questionnaires
  • Sign informed consent

Exclusion Criteria

  • Taking anticoagulation medication (e.g. coumarin, heparin, warfarin)
  • Severe immunocompromised state

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

Christina Dilaveri, M.D.

Closed for enrollment

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