Oncology Massage

Oncology massage is the modification of existing massage therapy techniques in order to safely work with complications of cancer and cancer treatment. Oncology massage therapy is especially useful and so vital in supporting patients undergoing treatment and/or continuing care after treatment and remission. Oncology massage is therapeutic in nature to reduce pain and anxiety that can be caused by treatments and medications and the illness itself. In cases of lymphedema, specific precautions and protocol are followed to prevent exacerbating the condition and to continue the massage safely.

Clinical assessments and adaptations to the massage session for someone experiencing cancer or with a history of cancer treatment are critical to providing a safe massage. Standard oncology massage intake questions include those pertaining to:

  • cancer treatment history
  • tumor site or metastasis
  • compromised blood cell counts
  • lymph node involvement
  • blood clots or blood clot risk
  • medications (short and long term)
  • vital organ involvement
  • fragile or unstable tissue
  • medical devices
  • fatigue, neuropathy, or pain
  • changes in sensation (neuropathy)
  • late effects of treatment
  • length of time since treatments
  • level of activity

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Registered with the Society for Oncology massage