Effect of massage therapy for postsurgical mastectomy recipients

Nancy L. Drackley, Amy C Degnim, James W Jakub, Susanne M. Cutshall, Barbara S. Thomley, Julie K. Brodt, Laura K. Vanderlei, Jane K. Case, Lisa D. Bungum, Stephen S. Cha, Brent A Bauer, Judy C Boughey

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This quality improvement pilot study evaluated the effect of massage therapy on pain, anxiety, and overall well-being in women who received mastectomies at a busy hospital practice. Participants reported a significant reduction in pain, stress, and muscle tension, as well as an increase in relaxation. Oncology nurses should consider the feasibility of massage therapy as a valuable nonpharmcologic pain management strategy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)121-124
Number of pages4
JournalClinical Journal of Oncology Nursing
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2012
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology(nursing)
  • Oncology

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Drackley, N. L., Degnim, A. C., Jakub, J. W., Cutshall, S. M., Thomley, B. S., Brodt, J. K., Vanderlei, L. K., Case, J. K., Bungum, L. D., Cha, S. S., Bauer, B. A., & Boughey, J. C. (2012). Effect of massage therapy for postsurgical mastectomy recipients. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 16(2), 121-124. https://doi.org/10.1188/12.CJON.121-124