Studies of massage for cancer patients suggest massage can decrease stress, anxiety, depression, pain, and fatigue. Many health care professionals recognize massage as a useful, noninvasive addition to standard medical treatment. Therapeutic massage is most often given by trained massage therapists.
These potential benefits hold great promise for people who have cancer, who often must deal with the stresses of a serious illness in addition to unpleasant side effects of conventional medical treatment.
It is also important for people who have cancer to let their medical care provider know they are receiving massage.
it is also very important that the therapist has been specifically trained in oncology/cancer massage. If the therapist is not properly trained, then they could use techniques that are contraindicated.
Caregivers can also be trained in safe massage techniques. One technique is called Comfort Touch.