Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy-Essential Oil Intervention
Essential Oils Effect on Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy in Breast Cancer: A Mixed Methods Study
Lead SponsorAugusta University
StatusCompleted No Results Posted
This study will evaluate an oil blend with active ingredients for the reduction in chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy in people with breast cancer. Half of the participants will receive the oil blend with active ingredients and the other half will receive a placebo (an oil blend with no active ingredients). One-fourth of the people will also take pictures of their life with chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy.
Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) is a painful, debilitating consequence of cancer treatment and is considered the most adverse of non-hematologic events. Current pharmacological approaches to reduce CIPN symptoms can be ineffective and cause adverse effects.
Constituents of this oil blend moderate pain signal transmission through non-competing inhibition of 5-HT, AchE, and Substance P, along with antagonism of TRPA1 and TRPV1. This study will test the hypothesis that an oil blend reduces CIPN symptoms and improves quality-of-life (QOL) in breast cancer patients. The Human Response to Illness model is used to underpin a convergent-nested-parallel mixed-methods design with intervention.
Inclusion Criteria: diagnosis of breast cancer chronic CIPN symptoms in one or both lower extremities three months or greater since last chemotherapy treatment mean SF-MPQ-2 score of greater than or equal to three a prognosis of greater than six months Exclusion Criteria: non-English-speaking blindness pregnancy breastfeeding allergy to EOI or Peru balsam (cross-allergen) illegal substance usage history of severe skin reactions non-intact skin on lower extremities history of lower extremity trauma or amputation current use of aromatherapy/Essential Oils asthma or reactive airway disease triggered by constituents of EOI history of mental illness or chronic depression the following co-morbidities: G6PD deficiency, inherited peripheral neuropathy, active herpes varicella-zoster, herpes simplex virus, alcoholic neuropathy, repetitive stress or entrapment neuropathy, peripheral vascular disease, and multifocal mononeuropathy.