Oncology Therapist works with your heath care team and can help to make your cancer journey easier.

To be trained in Oncology Massage, therapists have completed comprehensive training in therapeutic massage (2200hrs) as well as additional specific training that addresses the side effects of cancer and its various treatments.

Even after people are out of treatment, receiving massage from an oncology trained clinician is important due to the potential for late effects of cancer.

Many of the body's responses to cancer and cancer treatment require changes to massage treatment plans.

Training in the specifics of cancer and cancer treatment enables an oncology clinician to know what to do, when to it and why its important.

Each of the following common cancer-related conditions (and others) require important adjustments be made. Some of those conditions include:

  • Anemia (low red blood count)
  • Anticoagulant Therapy
  • Ascites (fluid in the abdomen)
  • Bone Metastasis (spread of cancer to bones)
  • Breast Expander or Implant
  • Chemotherapy
  • Colostomy / Iliostomy / Jejunostomy / Urostomy
  • Constipation
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis
  • Edema
  • Foley Catheter
  • Immunosupression (immune compromised)
  • Incision
  • IV
  • Leukopenia (low white blood count)
  • Lymphedema
  • Lymph Node Enlargement
  • Lymph Node Removal
  • Lymph Node Irradiation
  • PEG or PEJ Tube
  • PICC line or Port
  • Radiation Skin Reaction
  • Radioactive Implant
  • Radioactive Iodine
  • Risk of Lymphedema
  • Skin Eruption
  • Surgical Adhesions
  • Surgical Scarring
  • Thrombocytopenia (low platelet count)
  • Tumor
  • Upcoming Radiation

A properly trained therapist will ask questions about these issues and more, depending on your unique situation. Many of the changes that will be made to your session will be virtually imperceptible to you as a recipient (and others may be quite obvious), but they are essential to safety and proper support of your well being.

From: Society for Oncology Massage 

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