Cassileth, B., & Vickers, A.


Evaluate the effect of massage therapy in pain, fatigue, stress/anxiety, nausea and depression.

Almost- experimental


1290 cancer patients

-Reduction of pain, fatigue, stress, anxiety, nausea and depression approximately 50% and in the same clinic improved 10% more than in the relocation and more durability.

Deng, G., & Cassileth, B.


Evaluate the effect of massage therapy in the relief of symptoms



230 cancer patients

-Decrease in the incidence of muscle fatigue, anxiety, depression, rescue analgesic consumption and improved circulatory and respiratory pattern.

Ferreira, A., & Lauretti, G.


Evaluate the effects of therapeutic massage in the control of pain


Pain (EAN) and quality of life (EORTC QLC-C30)

34 cancer patients

-Decrease in consumption of morphine

Wilkinson, S., Love, S., Wesrcombe, A., Gambles, M., Burgess, C., Cargill, A., et al.


Assess the effectiveness of care with massage

the management of anxiety and depression


subscale of State Anxiety Inventory (SAI), Centre for Epidemiological Studies Depression (CES-D)

288 cancer patients

-There were no significant differences in improvement of anxiety and depression;

-The anxiety improved self-report for patients who received massage therapy. This relationship did not exist for the self-report of depression.

Billhut, A., Bergbom, I., & Stenes-Victorin, E.


Evaluate the effect of massage therapy in levels of nausea, anxiety and depression


Eva for nausea and for the remaining variables used the HADS

39 women with breast cancer doing chemotherapy

-Significant Reduction of nausea in the experimental group;

-There was no differences between anxiety and depression in both groups.

Kutner, S., Smith, M., Corbin, L., Kemphill, l., Benton, K., & Mellis, K.


Evaluate the effectiveness of the massage to decrease pain

and distress of symptoms and improve quality of life

Evaluate the effectiveness of therapeutic massage in improving the quality of life, pain, stress, suffering


Memorial Pain

Assessment Card; Brief Pain

Inventory [BPI]; McGill Quality of Life Questionnaire; Memorial Symptom

Assessment Scale

380 advanced cancer patients

-Immediate improvements in mood and in pain, with more relevance in the experimental group.

-In the long term there was no statistical differences corroborate the improvement in quality of life, pain, stress, suffering and in decreasing the use of painkillers.

Currin, J.;

Meister. E.


Analyze the impact of massage therapy in pain, physical and emotional desnconforto and fatigue

Not randomized

251 cancer patients

-Decrease of pain, discomfort, emotional and physical fatigue.

Young, C.



28 terminal cancer

-Decreased pain and depression for the experimental group.