Oncology Massage incorporates modifications and adjustments to traditional massage modalities in order to provide the best care possible for persons undergoing treatment for cancer or with a history of cancer.
Adjustments and modifications are often made to the length of the session, level of pressure, the position of the client, and the site of touch. These modifications are determined based on various factors such as the type of treatment received, and for those in active treatment, where you are in your treatment cycle. Cancer treatments such as surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy can put patients at risk of lymphedema, skin and bone fragility, and other side effects.
Some of the benefits that cancer patients may receive from massage therapy include:
reduction of pain perception
relief from chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN), even years out of treatment.
increased range of motion (ROM) and reduction of scar tissue near surgical sites such as with mastectomy patients
Patients with a current diagnosis or cancer history should only work with a trained Oncology Massage therapist to ensure their safety and best results from treatment. Extended information and research about the benefits, efficacy, and safety of massage for cancer patients is available at the Society for Oncology Massage.