Oncology Massage

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A therapeutic massage technique designed to offer relief from the agony of cancer and cancer treatment.

What is Oncology Massage?

Oncology massage adapts traditional massage techniques like Deep Tissue Massage to provide relief for cancer patients safely. Massage therapists who practice the technique undergo additional training to understand and safely work around the complications of cancer and cancer treatment.[1]

The Benefits of Oncology Massage

Few people know what it is to live in permanent discomfort as well as those living with and those who have survived cancer. Every moment can be a struggle. And anything that can relieve the constant suffering, even temporarily, is worth the pursuits.

Oncology massage offers relief and an improved sense of well-being.

Scientific literature indicates that a therapeutic massage customized to the needs of the patient can increase the cancer patient’s quality of life. It offers relaxation, improved sleep, and immune function as well as relief from anxiety, pain, fatigue and nausea.[2]

What’s Unique About Oncology Massage

The client may never notice a difference between a traditional massage and oncology massage. Conventional techniques are employed, but the method begins with an understanding of the client’s medical and emotional condition. Important details may include:

  • Where and how the client is experiencing pain
  • Has cancer impacted function of organs
  • Medications and side-effects
  • Blood clots, bruising, or internal hemorrhages
  • Bone complications, such as metastasized cancer growth or fractures

This information helps the massage therapist focus on specific areas of discomfort while avoiding work on areas that risk causing additional pain or damage.[3]


For more information about deep tissue massage, check out some of these excellent resources.

  1. Oncology Massage, The Society for Oncology Massage
  2. The Benefits of Oncology Massage, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
  3. Massage Therapy for Cancer Patients – a reciprocal relationship between body and mind, US National Library of Medicine