Breast cancer comes about because of the malignant growth of tumor cells in the breast. They may spread to adjacent lymph nodes and ultimately spread to other parts of the body. The growth or tumor may not be felt by touch, but may be seen on a mammogram.
Massage can be administered in conjunction with a health care team and may have a positive effect on the clients emotional well-being as well as reduce the swelling caused by the removal of lymph nodes. Massage should not be administered during active stages of cancer or directly after surgery. Lymphatic drainage massage may be helpful when approved by the attending physician.