VABC Reacts to the Use of Massage Therapy to Ease the Distress Caused by Brain Cancer

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Voices Against Brain Cancer responds to a new study regarding the effects that massages have on stress levels caused by brain cancer.

On January 8, Voices Against Brain Cancer (VABC) issued a statement in reaction to the use of massage therapy on brain cancer patients in order to reduce their stress levels.

Even if a person has never been directly affected by cancer, it’s apparent that being diagnosed with the disease can cause a tremendous amount of stress. This stress can develop through the anxiety of paying expensive medical bills or the worry of preparing for treatment.

In an attempt to help cancer patients to deal with stress, a new study indicates that massage therapy can have a positive influence on the quality of life of a patient after their diagnosis. According to an article from News-Medical.net, “the study showed significant reductions in the National Comprehensive Cancer Network's Distress Thermometer (DT) after 4 weeks of twice-weekly massage therapy in a cohort of adult patients with malignant glioma.”

Before the study was conducted, patients reported the following concerns: sadness, worry, fatigue, nervousness, pain, sleep problems and trouble getting around. After the four-week period of massages, fatigue was the only concern reported by more than half of the patients.

Scott Darrohn, a spokesperson for VABC, responds to the study. “Quality of life is very important among cancer patients, especially those with commonly fatal types of cancer such as glioblastomas,” Darrohn stated. “While massage therapy might not rid them of all their problems, it can certainly help ease their distress. Sometimes, having a positive attitude can even improve their likelihood of survival.”

VABC has a wide variety of initiatives in place for brain cancer research, awareness and support. The organization’s research grants fund cutting-edge research programs that will have a monumental impact on the diagnosis and treatment of brain cancer. VABC currently funds research at several esteemed institutions such as Brookhaven National Laboratory, Cleveland Clinic, Columbia, Cornell, Duke, Harvard, John Hopkins, Memorial Sloan-Kettering and Yale, to name a few.

VABC's mission is to find a cure for brain cancer by advancing scientific research, increasing awareness within the medical community and supporting patients, their families and caregivers afflicted with this devastating disease.

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