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Cancer is a disease in which cells of an organ or tissue fail to respond to normal control mechanisms, growing and multiplying out of control.
Massage therapy is increasingly being included in treatment programs for cancer patients at clinics and hospitals around the world.
Research shows massage therapy can enhance cancer patients qualify of life, but massage does not treat the disease itself.
Registered Massage Therapists may help:
Precaution: RMTs avoid massage therapy directly over known tumors and sites where metastasis may be predicted. Caution is exercised in patients with boney metastases, who may be prone to fracture. Currently, no evidence indicates that massage therapy promotes tumor metastasis.
Lee, S.-H., Kim, J.-Y., Yeo, S., Kim, S.-H., & Lim, S. (2015). Meta-analysis of massage therapy on cancer pain. Integrative Cancer Therapies, 14(4), 297–304.
De Groef, A., Van Kampen, M., Dieltjens, E., Christiaens, M.-R., Neven, P., Geraerts, I., & Devoogdt, N. (2015). Effectiveness of postoperative physical therapy for upper-limb impairments after breast cancer treatment: A systematic review. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 96(6), 1140–1153.