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Complementary therapy ineffective for distress during stem cell transplantation

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Complementary therapies do not help alleviate distress in children undergoing stem cell transplantation, according to a US study.

Researchers evaluated the effects of complementary therapies - massage, humour therapy, relaxation/imagery - for reducing distress in 178 children undergoing SCT at four medical centres over six weeks.

The study, published online in the journal Cancer, found that the therapies failed to show any benefit in terms of distress levels, mood disturbance, length of admission and use of pain medication, when compared to standard supportive care.

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