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Use of reflexology in managing secondary lymphoedema for patients affected by treatments for breast cancer: A feasibility study

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posted on 2023-01-23, 16:54 authored by Judith WhatleyJudith Whatley, Rachael Street, Sally Kay, Philip E. Harris

 Purpose: The aim of this feasibility study was to examine the use of reflexology lymphatic drainage (RLD) in the treatment of breast-cancer related lymphoedema (BCRL) with a view to further research. Methods: An uncontrolled trial was conducted with 26 women who had developed lymphoedema in one arm following treatment for breast cancer. Changes in upper-limb volumes and in participant concerns and wellbeing were measured. Qualitative data were also collected. Results: A significant reduction in the volume of the affected arm was identified at follow-up compared to baseline. This reduction in volume appeared to be maintained for more than six months. Participant concerns were significantly reduced and their wellbeing significantly increased. No serious adverse effects were reported. Conclusions: RLD may be a useful intervention for BCRL although the results could not be attributed to the reflexology intervention because of research design limitations. The main conclusion was, however, that there was sufficient evidence for further research using a randomized controlled trial. 

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Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice

Publisher

Elsevier

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Citation

Whatley, J., Street, R., Kay, S., & Harris, P. E. (2016). 'Use of reflexology in managing secondary lymphoedema for patients affected by treatments for breast cancer: A feasibility study', Complementary therapies in clinical practice, 23, 1-8. DOI:10.1016/j.ctcp.2016.01.002

Print ISSN

1744-3881

Cardiff Met Affiliation

Cardiff School of Sport and Health Sciences

Cardiff Met Authors

Judith Whatley

Cardiff Met Research Centre/Group

  • Public Health and Wellbeing

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en