The effect of aromatherapy and massage administered in different ways to women with breast cancer on their symptoms and quality of life

Int J Nurs Pract. 2014 Aug;20(4):408-17. doi: 10.1111/ijn.12128. Epub 2013 Aug 5.


The primary objective of this study was to assess the effect of aromatherapy and classic massage administered in various ways to breast cancer patients on their symptoms and quality of life. The sampling consisted of 280 patients. Quality of life and symptoms of the patients were evaluated once at baseline and then at week 6 and week 10 following the intervention. After intervention, the control group was observed to have lower total quality of life score and subdomain scores, whereas fragrance, massage and aromatherapy massage groups had higher scores, and the increase was more obvious particularly in the patients in the aromatherapy massage group. Similarly, whereas psychological and physical symptoms were experienced more intensely in the control group, the severity of all the symptoms experienced by the other patients decreased at week 6 and week 10 as compared with baseline especially in the group that was administered massage with aromatherapy.

Keywords: Turkey; aromatherapy; breast cancer; massage; quality of life; symptom.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aromatherapy*
  • Breast Neoplasms / drug therapy
  • Breast Neoplasms / psychology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Massage*
  • Middle Aged
  • Pain Management
  • Palliative Care
  • Quality of Life*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Turkey