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.