The Effect of Reflexology on Radiation-Related Fatigue and QOL in Breast Cancer Patients: a Pilot Study.
Reflexology (foot massage) is a complementary medicine technique which is performed by
manual pressure on specific areas of the feet. Reflexology is based on a system of zones and
reflex areas that are believed to reflect an image of the body on the feet with a premise
that such work effects a physical change to the body.
The effect of reflexology on fatigue, quality of life, and quality of sleep of 20 breast
cancer patients during and after radiation therapy will be compared to age-matched control
group of 20 breast cancer patients treated by radiation therapy.
Allocation: Non-Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment
Lee fatigue scale
Beginning of study (initiation of radiation therapy and reflexology), 5 weeks after start (end of radiation therapy), 10 weeks after start
Israel: Ministry of Health