Oncology Massage: Supporting Cancer Patients

Massage is actually a healthcare intervention.  For cancer patients who have had surgery or lymph nodes removed, or are going through chemo or radiation, there are limitations and safety considerations with massage.

Massage therapists with additional training in oncology massage have an informed understanding of cancer and how it can affect the human body; the side effects of cancer treatment including medications, surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. They are able to modify existing massage therapy techniques to safely work with complications of cancer and cancer treatment. We invite you to discover more about oncology massage as a support for cancer patients in this video below with Lauren Cates.

About the Speaker: Lauren Muser Cates: NCTMB, S40M

Lauren is one of the founders of Healwell and its Executive Director. She served as the Clinical Supervisor for Hospital/Oncology Massage at The Teal Center at Virginia Hospital Center from 2005-2009 and was a founding director and president of the Society for Oncology Massage from 2007-2014.

In addition to her duties providing and supervising massage for medically complicated, oncology and end of life patients at numerous hospitals in the Washington, DC area, Lauren is the Clinical Supervisor of the Integrative Health Program at Sibley Memorial Hospital, Johns Hopkins Medicine.

Lauren has been participating in research, teaching and developing curriculum for massage therapy courses focused on hospital-based practice, oncology massage and end of life care since 2007.  She is passionate about elevating the profession of massage therapy and also about broader and more seamless integration of massage therapy and massage therapists into mainstream healthcare.


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