Reflexology is practised in many countries and has an ancient history. It involves working on the feet and besides increasing comfort, relaxation, and well-being for patients and carers, it can help to relieve cancer-related symptoms such as anxiety, pain, nausea, and lethargy. It is not unusual to find this therapy available within hospices but there have been concerns about its use when patients are receiving medical treatments such as radiotherapy and chemotherapy. This chapter reviews the theories and practice of reflexology, explores research evidence, and reports on innovative approaches to adapt treatments for cancer patients and their carers in cancer care settings. It also discusses the ‘reflexology package’ in the cancer care setting and myths surrounding reflexology.
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