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This phase II trial investigates the effect of massage in decreasing prostate cancer-related fatigue. Massage therapy has well known health benefits. This trial aims to find out if massage and touch therapies reduce fatigue due to cancer, and to learn if these therapies are better than traditional medicine or psychology for cancer related fatigue.


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PRIMARY OBJECTIVE: I. To conduct a preliminary study to evaluate whether a 6-week Swedish Massage Therapy (SMT) intervention decreases cancer-related fatigue (CRF) significantly more than Light Touch (LT) or Wait List Control (WLC) among prostate cancer (PCa) survivors who have received both radiation and androgen deprivation therapy. SECONDARY OBJECTIVE: I. To evaluate whether the hypothesized decrease in cancer-related fatigue with SMT is associated with modulation of specific immune system factors underlying chronic inflammation. EXPLORATORY OBJECTIVES: I. To evaluate whether SMT improves self-reported fatigue, quality of life, depression, and anxiety significantly more than LT or WLC. II. To gather preliminary data about the sustained actions of 6 weeks of SMT versus LT on CRF, at 6 and 12 weeks after the intervention. OUTLINE: Patients are randomized to 1 of 3 arms. ARM I: Patients receive SMT over 45 minutes once weekly for 6 weeks. ARM II: Patients receive LT over 45 minutes once weekly for 6 weeks. ARM III: Patients receive no intervention for 6 weeks. After completion of study, patients are followed up at 12 and 18 weeks. ;


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NCT number NCT05067777
Study type Interventional
Source University of Utah
Contact Susan Sharry
Phone 801-585-3453
Email [email protected]
Status Not yet recruiting
Phase Phase 2
Start date October 30, 2021
Completion date October 30, 2025

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