Effects of Reflexology Massage on Hair Regrowth After Chemotherapy-induced Alopecia Among Women with Cancer: A Randomised Clinical Trial

Objective: Chemotherapy-induced alopecia (CIA) is a common unwanted effect related to anti-neoplastic agents. Due to potential CIA, some patients with cancer consider refusing treatment. It negatively affects a patient’s perception of appearance and sexuality. This study aimed to determine the effectiveness of reflexology massage on hair regrowth after CIA. Methods: This randomised clinical trial was conducted in 60 women with cancer with full alopecia due to chemotherapy. They were divided randomly into two groups: the experimental and control groups. The patients in the experimental group received reflexology massage for 15 min, 3 times daily (per 8 h), for 3 months. Those in the control group only received treatment as usual and routine health care. Data were obtained from the patient information and hair measurement forms. Couliss Vernier was used for hair regrowth measurement. The minimum and maximum hair lengths were measured thrice monthly after intervention started in both groups. Results: Considering baseline full alopecia in both groups, hair regrowth in the experimental group significantly improved compared with the control group (p

Refleksoloji Masajının Kanser Kadınlarında Kemoterapiye Bağlı Alopesi Sonrası Saçların Uzamasına Etkisi: Randomize Bir Klinik Çalışma

Amaç: Kemoterapiye bağlı alopesi (KBA) anti-neoplastik ajanların yaygın olan yan etkisidir. Potansiyel KBA’nın etkisi o kadar derin ki, bazı kanserli hastalar tedaviyi reddediyorlar. KBA, hastanın görünüm algısı ve cinselliğini olumsuz etkiler. Bu çalışmanın amacı, refleksoloji masajının KBA sonrası saç uzaması üzerine etkisini belirlemekti. Yöntemler: Bu randomize klinik çalışma, KBA kanserli 60 kadın üzerinde gerçekleştirildi. Hastalar rastgele yöntemi ile iki gruba ayrıldılar; deney grubu ve kontrol grubu. Deney grubundaki örnekler, 3 ay boyunca her gün 15 dakika, günde 3 kez (8 saatte bir) refleksoloji masajı aldılar. Kontrol grubu, tedavilerini sadece rutin, sağlık hizmetlerini normal şekilde aldılar. Veriler hasta bilgi formundan ve saç ölçüm formundan elde edildi. Saç uzama ölçümü için Couliss Vernier kullanıldı. Müdahalenin başlamasından sonra her ay minimum ve maksimum saç uzunlukları her iki grupta 3 kez ölçüldü. Bulgular: Çalışmanın iki grubunda başlangıçtaki tam alopesi göz önüne alındığında, çalışmanın sonunda deney grubu kadınlarda saçların yeniden uzaması, kontrol grubuna göre anlamlı olarak artmıştır (p

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