Reflexology on 60 chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy

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Reflexology in the management of chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy: A pilot randomized controlled trial

Abstract

Purpose: The current experimental study aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of reflexology on the management of symptoms and functions of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) in cancer patients.

Method: This study was conducted as a randomized controlled trial in 60 patients (30 experimental and 30 control patients) who had chemotherapy-induced Grade II-IV peripheral neuropathy complaints from July 2013 to November 2015. Data were collected using the patient identification form, European Organization for the Research and Treatment of Cancer Quality of Life Questionnaire Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy (EORTC-CIPN-20) form, and BPI (used for related chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy symptoms).

Results: The majority of the patients were being treated for gastrointestinal or breast cancer and were primarily receiving Eloxatine- or taxane-based treatment. It was found that reflexology applications did not lead to differences in either group in terms of peripheral neuropathy severity and incidence (p > 0.05) and only led to improvement in sensory functions in the experimental group (p < 0.05).

Conclusions: It was determined that reflexology is not an effective method in the management of patients’ activity levels, walking ability etc. and motor, autonomic functions related CIPN, but reflexology is effective method in the management of patients’ sensory functions related CIPN. Key Words: Peripheral neuropathy, reflexology, chemotherapy, EORTC QLQ-CIPN-20, BPI.

Keywords: BPI; Chemotherapy; EORTC QLQCIPN-20; Peripheral neuropathy; Reflexology.

Citation:

Kurt S, Can G. Reflexology in the management of chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy: A pilot randomized controlled trial. Eur J Oncol Nurs. 2018 Feb;32:12-19. doi: 10.1016/j.ejon.2017.11.001. Epub 2017 Nov 14. PMID: 29353627.

The conclusion of this research paper in Greek

The purpose of this section is to make this research paper useful to Greek speaking reflexologists. This is a tool developed by the Center of Reflexology and Research (Κέντρο Ρεφλεξολογίας και Έρευνας) in Greece and supervised volunteers from across the world.

Μετάφραση των συμπερασμάτων της συγκεκριμένης έρευνας:

Προσδιορίστηκε ότι η ρεφλεξολογία δεν είναι μια αποτελεσματική μέθοδος για τη διαχείριση των διαφόρων επιπέδων δραστηριότητας των ασθενών, της ικανότητας περπατήματος κ.λπ. και των κινητικών, αυτόνομων λειτουργιών που σχετίζονται με την περιφερική νευροπάθεια που προκαλείται από χημειοθεραπεία. Η ρεφλεξολογία, όμως, είναι αποτελεσματική μέθοδος για τη διαχείριση των αισθητηριακών λειτουργιών των ασθενών που σχετίζονται με την περιφερική νευροπάθεια που προκαλείται από χημειοθεραπεία (CIPN).

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