Oncology Massage

The American Cancer Society estimates that there will be 1,735,350 new cancer cases and 609,640 cancer deaths in 2018. While these statistics can be frightening, it is encouraging to note that the mortality rate has steadily declined over the last 20 years. Massage therapy cannot be credited with curing cancer, but it has become an increasingly utilized tool in the fight against this deadly disease.

What is it?

Oncology Massage is a specialized adaptation of massage practices for clients who are currently being treated, are in remission/considered survivors or are at the end of life. This specially designed and complimentary treatment is tailored to the specific needs and history of the patient, and is appreciated by many patients for its non-invasive nature. Given the complexity of each individual case, it is imperative to use a therapist with appropriate knowledge and training.

What are the benefits?

Research shows that oncology massage helps to improve quality of life, by addressing both physical and emotional health. Many patients avoid touch due to the painful effects of neuropathy. However, massage can gently bring relief of these symptoms and comfort to patients that have been deprived of the gift of touch. It offers pain and stress relief. When given during traditional medical treatments, massage can help patients relax and give them something to look forward to, during an otherwise difficult experience. Massage also helps cancer patients with depression, improves sleep and enhances their ability to endure treatments, including relief from nausea.

What does your massage therapist need to know?

Treatment history
Ports and other medical devices
Tumor location or metastasis
Blood clot risk
Damage to nerves
Damaged or fragile tissue
Any other information deemed important by your doctor

Discuss all complimentary treatments with your doctor prior to beginning a massage program.