What Type Of Massage Is Better During Cancer Treatment?

Last Modified: July 15, 2011

OncoLink Cancer FAQ

Are certain types of massage better than others if you are undergoing cancer treatment?

OncoLink Cancer FAQ

Wayne Mylin, Dipl. ABT (NCCAOM), AOBTA-CP is an Asian Bodywork Therapist specializing in Shiatsu and Acupressure at Pennsylvania Hospital, responds:

It is less a matter of what type of massage or bodywork, than it is a matter of the experience and training of the therapist. Be sure that your massage therapist has experience and training - and a comfort level - in working with someone with cancer.

Also important is that your massage therapist is supportive of your cancer treatment - if your therapist begins to advise you against your cancer treatment choices, find another therapist.

This question and answer was part of the OncoLink Brown Bag Chat Series. See full archive of IntegrativeTherapies in Cancer Care.