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Healing Touch in Advanced Cervical Cancer Patients: Immune Effects and Mechanisms

Phase 2
18 Years
Not Enrolling
Cervix Neoplasms

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Trial Information

Healing Touch in Advanced Cervical Cancer Patients: Immune Effects and Mechanisms

The side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatment are often severe and can have
devastating effects on the mental and physical well-being of cancer patients. This study
will determine whether healing touch and relaxation therapy are effective in minimizing the
side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatment in cervical cancer patients.

Participants in this study will receive weekly chemotherapy and daily radiation treatments
for 6 weeks. Participants will be randomly assigned to receive either standard care (SC), SC
plus relaxation therapy, or SC plus healing touch therapy. The relaxation therapy consists
of progressive muscle relaxation and guided imagery. The healing touch therapy involves an
energy-based modality in which health care practitioners stimulate the energy fields
surrounding the patient. A physician-completed assessment and measures of immune function
will be used to assess the well-being and overall quality of life of participants.

Inclusion Criteria:

- Stage Ib1-IVa cervical cancer

- Treatment with concurrent chemotherapy and radiation at the University of Iowa
Hospitals and Clinics

Exclusion Criteria:

- Immunosuppressive disorders

- Use of immunosuppressive medications

- Transplant recipient

- Metastatic or recurrent cervical cancer

- History of any other type of cancer

Type of Study:


Study Design:

Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment

Outcome Measure:

natural killer cell cytotoxicity

Outcome Time Frame:

Baseline to week 6

Safety Issue:


Principal Investigator

Susan K Lutgendorf, MD

Investigator Role:

Principal Investigator

Investigator Affiliation:

University of Iowa


United States: Federal Government

Study ID:

P20 AT000756-01



Start Date:

September 2002

Completion Date:

April 2007

Related Keywords:

  • Cervix Neoplasms
  • Relaxation Techniques
  • Radiation
  • Drug Therapy
  • Healing Touch
  • Neoplasms
  • Uterine Cervical Neoplasms



University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics Iowa City, Iowa  52242