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Enhancing Cancer CareComplementary therapy and support$
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Jennifer Barraclough

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199297559

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199297559.001.0001

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(p.235) Chapter 21 Reflexology
Enhancing Cancer Care

Peter A Mackereth

Clive S O'hara

Oxford University Press

Reflexology is practised in many countries and has an ancient history. It involves working on the feet and besides increasing comfort, relaxation, and well-being for patients and carers, it can help to relieve cancer-related symptoms such as anxiety, pain, nausea, and lethargy. It is not unusual to find this therapy available within hospices but there have been concerns about its use when patients are receiving medical treatments such as radiotherapy and chemotherapy. This chapter reviews the theories and practice of reflexology, explores research evidence, and reports on innovative approaches to adapt treatments for cancer patients and their carers in cancer care settings. It also discusses the ‘reflexology package’ in the cancer care setting and myths surrounding reflexology.

Keywords:   reflexology, cancer, cancer patients, cancer care, comfort, relaxation, well-being, anxiety, pain, lethargy

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