Massage therapy at Banner Desert Medical Center for the cancer patient helps soothe the mind, body, emotions and spirit through a calming and caring touch.
Massage may diminish stress, tension, pain, nausea and anxiety and help with sleep, breathing and digestion.
There is no fee for this service for current Oncology in-patients, and patients undergoing Radiation Oncology treatment on an outpatient basis.
- Adult In-Patient Oncology
Massages are available on limited days within the department and based on availability. Please speak with your nurse if you would like to schedule a massage please let your nurse know.
- Adult Outpatient Radiation Oncology
15-minute chair massages are available on limited days within the department and based on availability.
Fifteen-minute chair massages are available on Wednesdays in the department. Patients must have a doctor's order for the service and then sign up with the massage therapist.
Inpatient Oncology & Outpatient Treatment Center
On Tuesdays and Fridays, massages are available in 15-, 30- and 60-minute sessions. Please speak with your nurse for assistance in securing a physician's order. Your nurse, case worker or other hospital caregiver can assist you in scheduling an appointment.
What to expect with a chair massage
A massage chair is designed to allow a seated client to rest by leaning forward into a chest and face support. Clients remain clothed during the session. The therapy focuses primarily on the neck, shoulders, head, arms, hands and back. Minimal make-up and hair disarray may occur.
For more information
For more information on our services, please call (480) 412-3123 and if necessary leave a message. Someone will return your call as soon as possible.
Support the program
For information on making tax-deductible donations to Banner Desert programs, including massage therapy, contact the Banner Health Foundation of Arizona at