Employed patients were twice as likely to use massage when age was held constant.
Patients with newly diagnosed and recurrent ovarian cancer were more hopeless due to greater distress from symptoms and adverse effects of treatment.
The bottom line?
The authors concluded, “Patients who used massage therapy were significantly less hopeless, as were those with strong faith and well-controlled disease symptoms and treatment for adverse effects.”
They recommend that in clinical practice it’s important to support spiritual needs and manage symptoms in order to prevent or at least reduce hopelessness, especially for patients with newly diagnosed and recurrent ovarian cancer.
John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at www.Vicus.com, a complementary and alternative medicine website.