Medical Massage for the Cancer Patient I

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

We are improving the functions of our program website and growing our course offerings. To accomplish these goals, we have temporarily disabled our website; class registration is unavailable at this time. We anticipate our new website will be live in late spring 2015.

If you would like to receive information about our class offerings and to be notified when our new website is ready, please contact the Education Coordinator at Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Target Audience

This is an online integrative oncology course for licensed massage therapists.