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Cancer Patients Find Relief in Hospitals with Oncology Massage

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The number of new cancer cases diagnosed each year is devastating.  Over 1,688,780 new cancer cases will be diagnosed in 2017, with about 601,000 of them being fatal.  Advancements in early detection and treatment is growing by leaps and bounds, but the number of new cases each year is growing as well.  Information Sources

Massage & CancerEspecially relevant is the fact that everyone has a different experience, based on the type of cancer and prescribed treatment.  Patients can feel grief, hope, fear, outrage and despair.  The monetary challenges of the disease, cost Americans $87.8 billion in 2014.   The disease is terrifying and life-changing.  As a result, staggering numbers of people are seeking help to ease the effects, and many people are finding relief in massage therapy.  Holistic treatments are growing in demand, and hospitals around the country are offering oncology massage for patients receiving treatments.
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Trained massage therapists modify techniques in order to safely and effectively work with the complications and treatments of cancer.   Oncology massage therapists have an informed understanding of the disease, treatments and the effects on the body.  Therefore, education in oncology massage is more about cancer and the treatments and less about massage.  As a result of accepting the benefits, over 130 hospitals in the U.S. are now offering oncology massage for patients.
You can find Hospitals that offer oncological massage here.

Benefits of oncology massage as well as it’s post-surgery benefits include:

  • General benefits.
  • Increases relaxation
  • Decreases stress and pain.
  • Decreases nausea.
  • Improves sleep.
  • Increases alertness and mental clarity.
  • Gives a sense of well being.
  • Reduces swelling.
  • Eases recovery from anesthesia.
  • Improves mobility and range of motion.
  • Decreases post-treatment fatigue.
  • Increases peripheral neuropathy.
  • Also acts as a pleasant distraction, allowing patients to take their mind off of the disease.
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As a result, patients are receiving massages without having to look outside of the hospital.  With the growing availability of oncology massage, patients are able to experience relief while managing this disease.

2 thoughts on “Cancer Patients Find Relief in Hospitals with Oncology Massage”

  1. Melissa says:

    Good blog on oncology massage! Yes most people will benefit from massage. Thankyou for sharing! ❤

  2. Our massage clinic has been treating cancer patients using oncology massage techniques for several years now and I have to agree with the many benefits it offers our clients.
    Really appreciate you taking the time to educate us on this. The many benefits that oncology massage offers patients is a great relief for our clients.
    Cancer by no means is an easy subject but you did an excellent job at keeping it positive and hopeful for the many patients who lose hope during treatment. Thank you so much for sharing.

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