Centennial College to study massage therapy for children with cancer

    TORONTO, March 21 /CNW/ - Centennial College's Applied Research Centre
(ARC) has received a grant worth $100,684 from the SickKids Foundation to
investigate parent-delivered massage in pediatric oncology.
    In a growing number of clinical studies, massage therapy shows promise as
a complementary treatment for children with cancer to reduce pain and increase
their quality of life. It also shows promise as an intervention that helps to
reduce depression and anxiety in the parent giving the massage.
    Massage therapy is an ancient art but a relatively new science. The study
hopes to demonstrate that safe and gentle massage techniques can be taught
easily to parents with children with cancer, and that by teaching parents how
to massage their child, both parents and children will feel better.
    The objective of the study is to develop and test an educational program,
for hospital and at home use, on parent-delivered massage therapy for children
with cancer that contains in-person instruction, follow-up support, and DVD
and print materials.
    If successful, the educational program will impact the well being of
Canadian children with cancer by decreasing their levels of anxiety and
reducing illness and treatment-related symptoms. At the same time, the
interaction is thought to enhance the parent-child relationship and reduce
parents' anxiety and stress.
    The investigation team is made up of a national consortium of massage
therapy practitioners, researchers and pediatric oncology specialists. If
successful, the educational materials will be made widely available to
families. The project is set to begin on April 1.

For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Mark Toljagic, Communications
Officer, Centennial College, (416) 289-5000, ext. 7142,

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