Stochastic Modulated Vibrations on Autonomic Nervous System of Breast Cancer Patients During Radiotherapy

2019-10-18 11:21:36 | BioPortfolio


The aim of this research is to study the influence of stochastic modulated vibrations on the autonomic nervous system of breast cancer patients during radiation therapy


Since it is well known that breast cancer patients experience an important load of stress from diagnosis through treatment and throughout cancer survivorship (fear of cancer recurrence), this study focusses on activation the parasympathetic nervous system and making patients as comfortable as possible during treatment. The scope of this study is based on previous research, that has shown that controlling physical and psychological complications during treatment may have a positive (preventive) effect on late term and long-term quality of life and survival outcomes. Breast cancer patients will receive andullation during their irradiation period. The primary outcome measure of the autonomic nervous system is vagal nerve activity, a modulator of the parasympathetic nervous system. Secondary outcome measures are stress, pain and lymphedema.

Study Design


Autonomic Nervous System Imbalance


Andullation, Placebo


Universitair Ziekenhuis Brussel




Universitair Ziekenhuis Brussel

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2019-10-18T11:21:36-0400

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The enteric, parasympathetic, and sympathetic nervous systems taken together. Generally speaking, the autonomic nervous system regulates the internal environment during both peaceful activity and physical or emotional stress. Autonomic activity is controlled and integrated by the central nervous system, especially the hypothalamus and the solitary nucleus, which receive information relayed from VISCERAL AFFERENTS; these and related central and sensory structures are sometimes (but not here) considered to be part of the autonomic nervous system itself.

Nerves and plexuses of the autonomic nervous system. The central nervous system structures which regulate the autonomic nervous system are not included.

Diseases of the parasympathetic or sympathetic divisions of the AUTONOMIC NERVOUS SYSTEM; which has components located in the CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM and PERIPHERAL NERVOUS SYSTEM. Autonomic dysfunction may be associated with HYPOTHALAMIC DISEASES; BRAIN STEM disorders; SPINAL CORD DISEASES; and PERIPHERAL NERVOUS SYSTEM DISEASES. Manifestations include impairments of vegetative functions including the maintenance of BLOOD PRESSURE; HEART RATE; pupil function; SWEATING; REPRODUCTIVE AND URINARY PHYSIOLOGY; and DIGESTION.

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