Massage and touch can be important components of the healing process both during and after cancer treatment. A massage therapist from Memorial Sloan-Kettering’s integrative medicine service gives a demonstration of different techniques that caregivers can use on their loved ones.
Memorial Sloan-Kettering offers programs for patients, caregivers, and professionals that present a broad range of information about complementary medicine as well as the issues surrounding so-called alternative medicine. Our programs include discussions about herbs and other over-the-counter remedies, herb-drug interactions, and toxicities associated with purported therapies not scientifically proven to be effective against cancer.
We also offer training programs for licensed massage therapists, reflexologists, and acupuncturists, as well as for family members who desire to learn how to provide safe and gentle massage to patients.
For the healthcare professional, we offer visiting professorships and graduate student internships. For more information about these programs, please e-mail IntegMedTraining@mskcc.org.