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Movember: Oncology Massage

Movember: Oncology Massage

Mackenzie Barrow

This month we recognize Movember. In the month of November, we bring awareness to men’s health issues such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and men’s suicide. In honor of Movember, we’re sharing how massage can help cancer patients.

Massage can be used in conjunction with other treatments such as chemotherapy, radiotherapy, surgery or drug therapy, and does not replace these as a form of treatment.  What massage can do, is help alleviate the side effects of cancer treatment and improve overall quality of life.

Some of the benefits of massage include reduction in:

  • pain
  • fatigue
  • nausea
  • anxiety and depression

Those who have received massage during cancer treatments have experienced improvements in:

  • sleep
  • the health of the scar tissue
  • quality of life
  • mental clarity and alertness
  • the range of movement

But is massage safe for people with cancer?

Yes! According to the Australian Cancer Council, “Research shows that massage of muscle and soft tissue does not spread cancer cells. Light, relaxing massage can safely be given to people at all stages of cancer. Tumor or treatment sites should not be massaged to avoid discomfort or pressure on the affected area and underlying organs.”

If you have any questions or concerns about whether massage is right for you, please consult with your doctor.

 

If you are having suicidal thoughts or feelings please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at (800) 273-8255.

 

Source:

https://www.cancercouncil.com.au/17958/b1000/massage-and-cancer-42/massage-and-cancer-benefits-of-touch/

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