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Is massage therapy safe for cancer patients?

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asked Feb 1 by anonymous

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In almost every case, massage is not only safe, it is beneficial to people with cancer. Always check with their physician before any treatment. For years it was thought that massage would spread the cancer or in some way be detrimental to a cancer patient. That thinking has been reversed. Massage may be helpful in reducing stress brought on by upset about the disease or treatment. It may temporarily reduce pain. Common sense and instructions from the physician should guide the treatment. Avoid PIC lines, areas of incision, and areas that appear to be grossly inflamed or burned from radiation.
answered Feb 9 by Sandi Viscusi, LMT (140 points)
It is also prudent to work with a massage therapist who has had a good education in oncology massage therapy. Oncology Biology overview, medical treatments, indications, contraindications and restrictions are but a few of the many subjects that are studied by a qualified practitioner. One goal is to keep the client safe and relaxed and comforted so that the client can have a chance to access her/his innate ability to heal . Massage has many benefits.  Paula Gardiner, CMT
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