Do people with cancer use massage?
While massage doesn’t treat the cancer itself, it may help reduce the side effects caused by conventional treatments and improve quality of life. As well as improving physical symptoms, some people with cancer choose to have a massage because it:
Is massage safe for people with cancer?
Light, relaxing massage can safely be given to people at all stages of cancer. Tumor or treatment sites are not massaged, to avoid discomfort or too much pressure on the affected area and underlying organs.
Some people worry that massage can spread cancer cells throughout the body via the lymphatic system. However, the circulation of lymph - from massage or other movement - does not cause cancer to spread.
What to expect during your session
You will require a slightly longer first appointment in order to discuss where you are in your treatment cycle, types of cancer treatments you have had, are having and surgeries planned and/or completed.
Your positioning on the table will take into account any surgery sites, ports, catheters, tumors and any areas of discomfort. Cushions, pillows, bolsters and blankets will be used to position you comfortably to allow for complete relaxation.
First appointments are always booked for 75 minutes and will include the following:
Yasmin is a specialised Oncology massage therapist providing Modified Gentle Massage treatments for to those experiencing chronic illness and specifically undergoing cancer treatment, in recovery or at the end of life. Home, hospital, nursing home and palliative visits are available.
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Oncology Massage has been scientifically proven to reduce side effects, even while having conventional cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy. It can support with:
Disturbed sleep (by up to 50% for some clients)
Due to its Gentle non-invasive nature Oncology Massage is safe at almost every stage in the cancer journey or while receiving chemotherapy and radiotherapy. A shorter session time may be more suitable if the client is experiencing:
Oncology Massage therapists are trained to work safely with ports, catheters, stoma’s and wounds to ensure the treatment is comfortable and relaxing.
Always consult your doctor before embarking on any treatment program.