Oncology (cancer) massage therapy is massage designed for the needs of those dealing with the physical and emotional effects of a cancer diagnosis and its treatments. Typically, it’s a gentle, light-touch massage. Depending on the individual’s needs, various techniques are modified in order to safely work with any complications that can arise with cancer and cancer treatment.
A massage from a trained (oncological if available) massage therapist can offer you an opportunity to experience your body in a positive mode at a time when you may feel overwhelmed by your cancer diagnosis and treatment regimen.
We believe that massage for cancer patients can help integrate the mind, body, spirit and emotions through a calming and caring touch. Its profound effect includes the release of endorphins that can enhance the feeling of well-being and personal harmony and help improve one’s quality of life.
Oncology massage therapy can help lessen and manage cancer symptoms and side effects such as:
Oncology massage can also help to:
Types of massage offered at Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center include, but are not limited to:
Massage therapy may also include a light lotion application. Be sure to talk with your doctor to see if massage therapy would be a good addition to your cancer treatment program.