It is important however that anyone who does have cancer, or a history of cancer, is treated by a therapist trained in oncology massage. Massage (or any other touch therapy) can provide great comfort when going through such a traumatic time, both physically and mentally. In fact it is now commonplace to have resident or visiting massage therapists in hospices, wards and cancer centres.
It is entirely understandable that some people may not wish to share their medical history with anyone, including their massage therapist, especially if their cancer was some time ago. However, it is very important for the therapist to have this information so that can deliver safe and appropriate treatment for their client. In addition to the cancer itself, the effects of radiotherapy, chemotherapy, surgery, removal of lymph nodes and other treatments can have a long-lasting or permanent impact on the body and a trained therapist will have the knowledge to adapt their treatment accordingly.
No-one should be excluded from the positive and therapeutic effects of massage. Whatever your medical condition, there will be some form of massage or touch therapy that you can receive, so please do get in touch if you would like more information.