This program provides massage therapists with a basic understanding of integrative oncology. It details the pathophysiology of cancer, mainstream treatment, and side effects associated with treatments for breast, colorectal, lung, and prostate cancer, as well as lymphoma, leukemia, and other cancer diagnoses.
In this course we pay particular attention to the physical and psychological issues that cancer patients face. We discuss herb-drug interactions, nutrition, and physical activity, the importance of research and clinical trials, and relevant legal and safety issues. The class also includes demonstrations of inpatient touch therapies.
Massage therapists leave this course with the knowledge and skills to:
- Understand the difference between oncology massage and massage for the general population
- Assess patients and document massage treatments
- Read and prepare chart notes
- Develop appropriate, safe, and effective treatment plans for cancer inpatients and outpatients
- Adapt massage to accommodate medical equipment and the patient's clinical status
- Practice massage as a member of the medical team in the hospital setting
- Learn the overall role of massage therapy for the cancer population
- Perform self-care to maximize practitioner health