Massage therapy in the breast imaging department: repurposing an ancient anxiety reducing method.

Massage therapy in the breast imaging department: repurposing an ancient anxiety reducing method. Clin Imaging. 2020 Nov;67:49-54 Authors: Ashton JC, Bousquet D, Fevrier E, Yip R, Chaudhry S, Port E, Margolies LR Abstract BACKGROUND: Massage therapy's ability to mitigate breast imaging associated anxiety has not been previously studied. Anxiety is, however, often cited as a harm of screening mammography with few options offered to diminish anxiety other than not screening. Reducing anxiety may improve compliance, and reduce breast cancer mortality and morbidity. A complimentary massage therapy program evaluated patient acceptance, anxiety perception and perceived value of massage. METHODS: Over 10 weeks, verbal agreement was obtained from 113 breast imaging patients who desired a hand or shoulder/neck massage. Licensed massage therapists performed massages before, and/or during, or after, or in between imaging tests. After the massage, questionnaires assessed patients' self-rated perceptions of anxiety before and after massage on a scale from 0 to 10. Participants' age-group, reason for appointment, self-rated value of massage service, and willingness to return to and willingness to refer to the facility were reported. Changes in perceived average anxiety were estimated using a linear mixed effects model. Fisher's exact test was used to evaluate associations among categorical variables. RESULTS: A significant decrease in perceived anxiety ...
Source: Clinical Breast Cancer - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Tags: Clin Imaging Source Type: research

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Conclusions: This study will provide reliable evidence for intervention for reducing anxiety in women receiving screening mammography. INPLASY registration number: INPLASY202070131.
Source: Medicine - Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Research Article: Study Protocol Systematic Review Source Type: research
It’s been 18 months since I finished chemo for breast cancer, 15 months since I finished radiation at this writing, June 2020. My hair grew back a year ago. The tingling in my fingers is gone. I used to have heart flutters and some chest congestion; those symptoms have passed.   I had a mammogram recently; it was good. No “signs of malignancy.” That’s how the official language goes. I wasn’t expecting anything bad, but you never know. I saw my oncologist the following week. She felt my scar tissue. I have tenderness under my armpit where four lymph nodes were removed. She said it al...
Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Health-related Mental Health and Wellness Personal Cancer coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic social distancing Source Type: blogs
AbstractPurposeTo determine the intermediate-term impact of diagnosis and treatment of ductal carcinoma in situ of the breast (DCIS) on health services utilization, we compared utilization by cases of DCIS to unaffected controls.MethodsWe identified a population-based cohort of Ontario females diagnosed with DCIS between 2010 and 2015. We matched 5 controls without any history of cancer to each case, on the date of diagnosis of the case (the index date), by age, annual mammography history, socioeconomic status, and comorbidity. We identified billing claims and hospital records, during the interval 13 to 60  months pri...
Source: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
Massage therapy's ability to mitigate breast imaging associated anxiety has not been previously studied. Anxiety is, however, often cited as a harm of screening mammography with few options offered to diminish anxiety other than not screening. Reducing anxiety may improve compliance, and reduce breast cancer mortality and morbidity. A complimentary massage therapy program evaluated patient acceptance, anxiety perception and perceived value of massage.
Source: Clinical Imaging - Category: Radiology Authors: Tags: Breast Imaging Source Type: research
Getting the news that you have cancer is overwhelming and frightening. The COVID-19 crisis adds another layer of anxiety. But know this: you can protect yourself from COVID-19 without compromising your cancer treatment. Don’t panic. In the vast majority of cases, a diagnosis of cancer is not an emergency even though it feels like one. There is time to learn about your options and sort out what is right for you. For now, there will be changes to how we do things. Some of the changes will feel disruptive, but many will lead to better, more patient-centered care. Minimizing your chances of exposure to the virus doesn&rs...
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In this study, we investigate whether women receive sufficient information about the benefits and disadvantages of the Norwegian Breast Cancer Screening Program to enable them to make informed, independent choices. MATERIAL AND METHOD: Informational material from the Norwegian Breast Cancer Screening Program for 1996, 2003, 2009 and 2017 was analysed and compared with information from the independent inquiry into the mammography screening programme headed by the Research Council of Norway. The criteria that are essential in order to make informed choices are as follows: benefit (absolute and relative reduction in mort...
Source: Tidsskrift for den Norske Laegeforening - Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen Source Type: research
This appeared a few days ago.Google AI system beats doctors in detection tests for breast cancerHannah KuchlerJan 2, 2020 — 3.19pmNew York | Google Health has developed a system that can identify breast cancer more accurately than radiologists, in the latest sign that artificial intelligence could improve early detection of disease in images.In a paper published in the scientific journal Nature, experts from Google H ealth, Alphabet’s DeepMind unit, and UK and US universities showed the AI model reduced both false positives, in which patients are wrongly told they have cancer, as well as false negatives, where ...
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AbstractBackgroundTo date, 38 states have enacted dense breast notification (DBN) laws mandating that mammogram reports include language informing women of risks related to dense breast tissue.ObjectiveNationally representative survey to assess the association between residing in a state with a DBN law and women ’s awareness and knowledge about breast density, and breast cancer anxiety.DesignInternet survey conducted in 2018 with participants in KnowledgePanel ®, an online research panel.ParticipantsEnglish-speaking US women ages 40 –59 years without a personal history of breast cancer who had received...
Source: Journal of General Internal Medicine - Category: Internal Medicine Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 23 December 2019Source: Journal of Cancer PolicyAuthor(s): Athena Michaelides, Constantina ConstantinouAbstractBreast cancer is the second most common cancer diagnosed worldwide and the leading cause of cancer death in women. In the past years, efforts have been made to develop psychoeducation programmes targeting the prevention of breast cancer via educating the general public. These programmes placed emphasis on risk reducing behaviours and on promoting Breast Self-Examination and screening via mammography, to aid in the early identification of pathological findings. In parallel, effort...
Source: Journal of Cancer Policy - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
DiscussionBased on previously published retrospective studies, we expect to demonstrate in this prospective multicenter randomized controlled trial, that using CESM as a primary work-up tool in women recalled from breast cancer screening is a more accurate, cost-effective, and patient-friendly strategy.Trial registration Netherlands Trial Register,NL6413/NTR6589. Registered on 6 July, 2017.
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