Oncology massage is the modification of massage therapy to safely work with the effects of cancer and cancer treatment. Everyone affected by cancer — people in active treatment, those in recovery or survivorship, those at the end of life, and even caregivers — can benefit from oncology massage. These benefits can include: respite from pain, nausea, fatigue, anxiety and depression.

Clinical assessments and adaptations to the massage session for someone affected by cancer are critical to providing a safe massage.

A trained oncology massage therapist makes adaptations for:

Unlike many massage applications, oncology massage is not a series of techniques or applied protocols. A client-centered approach is the hallmark of oncology massage. Each session is tailored to the client’s unique circumstance.