Is it safe for cancer patients to receive
Yes, under most
circumstances with appropriate precautions. Massage during cancer was poorly perceived for decades, due to the myth
that it promoted metastasis (spread of cancer). However, this myth has long been debunked and supplanted by research indicating
the wide-ranging benefits of oncology massage. Reduction of pain, fatigue, and
nausea are some of the reported benefits that have led to oncology massage at dozens of hospitals and cancer support centers across the country.
In fact, 9 out of the Top 10 Hospitals for
Cancer support massage for cancer patients (with 8 of them -- including the Cleveland
Clinic -- providing the service on-site).
Do I need my doctor's permission to receive oncology massage?
Yes. Currently, we will accept a simple note giving permission for
massage therapy. Updated forms to provide a detailed clearance will be available shortly.