UCSD Study on Fatigue AFTER Breast Ca Treatment

Fatigue is one of the most common complaints among breast cancer patients and survivors. Large-scale studies show that over 1/3 of survivors complain of excessive fatigue even up to 2 years post-treatment.

Hands-on-healing is a complementary medicine technique that has been shown in a few studies to reduce cancer-related fatigue. However, no studies have examined whether hands-on-healing may have positive effects on immune system functioning for survivors, compared to touch alone.

This UCSD research study, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), examines whether one month of hands-on-healing effectively reduces fatigue and improves immune function compared to touch alone.

All survivors enrolled in the study will receive hands-on-healing treatment at no cost to them.

You may be eligible to participate in this study if:

You are a female breast cancer survivor

You were diagnosed with stage I-IIIa breast cancer

You have completed surgery, radiation, and/or chemotherapy at least 1 month ago and up to 1 year ago

You are still feeling fatigued

If you are interested in learning more about this study or would like to volunteer, please contact:


Shamini Jain, M.A., M.S. Phone: 619-543-7913 Email: sjain@ucsd.edu

Posted 2006

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