The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effects of healing touch and relaxation therapy
on cervical cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatment.
The side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatment are often severe and can have
devastating effects on the mental and physical well-being of cancer patients. This study
will determine whether healing touch and relaxation therapy are effective in minimizing the
side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatment in cervical cancer patients.
Participants in this study will receive weekly chemotherapy and daily radiation treatments
for 6 weeks. Participants will be randomly assigned to receive either standard care (SC), SC
plus relaxation therapy, or SC plus healing touch therapy. The relaxation therapy consists
of progressive muscle relaxation and guided imagery. The healing touch therapy involves an
energy-based modality in which health care practitioners stimulate the energy fields
surrounding the patient. A physician-completed assessment and measures of immune function
will be used to assess the well-being and overall quality of life of participants.
- Stage Ib1-IVa cervical cancer
- Treatment with concurrent chemotherapy and radiation at the University of Iowa
Hospitals and Clinics
- Immunosuppressive disorders
- Use of immunosuppressive medications
- Transplant recipient
- Metastatic or recurrent cervical cancer
- History of any other type of cancer