This clinical study assessed the effect of massage and acupuncture
added to standard care vs. standard care alone in postoperative cancer
patients. Cancer patients undergoing surgery were randomly selected
to receive either massage and acupuncture on the first and second day
after surgery in addition to the usual care, or to receive the usual
care alone. Patients were followed for three days. Pain, nausea, vomiting,
and mood were assessed, and data on healthcare utilization were collected.
One hundred and thirty-eight patients were received massage and acupuncture
(n=93) or the usual care only (n=45). Participants in the massage-acupuncture
group experienced a decrease of 1.4 points on a 0-10 pain scale, compared
to 0.6 in the usual-care-only group, and a decrease in depressive mood
of 0.4 (on a scale of 1-5) compared to +/-0 in the usual-care group.
Providing massage and acupuncture in addition to usual care resulted
in decreased pain and depressive mood among postoperative cancer patients
when compared with the usual care alone. Mehling WE, Jacobs B, Acree
M, Wilson L, Bostrom A, West J, Acquah J, Burns B, Chapman J, Hecht
FM. Adapted from J Pain Symptom Manage. 2007 Mar;33(3):258-66.