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Massage for People with Cancer

Many people worry about whether or not you can have massage if you have had cancer or are having cancer treatment.

I have recently completed a 3 day intensive course in Oncology (cancer) massage. This blog is to explain some of the benefits of massage for cancer patients and how I can adapt massage to suit.

Benefits of Massage for Cancer patients

  • Relaxation
  • Positive touch (many cancer patients undergo invasive or painful medical procedures. Massage is gentle and comforting)
  • Relief of stiff aching muscles
  • Improves sleep
  • Improves emotional wellbeing

Can all cancer patients have massage?

There is no evidence that massage causes cancer to spread – please see this article from Macmillan

If you are in any doubt check with your doctor or specialist nurse, however as long as you feel well enough you should be able to have massage as I can adapt the session to fit your current state of health.

For example if you don’t feel comfortable lying down we can carry out a massage with you in a seated position. I would also avoid using very deep pressure during the massage.

There might be some areas that we cannot massage for example I would need to avoid massaging:

  • over any tumours
  • over the site of radiotherapy
  • where you have IV lines or drains
  • massage to arm or shoulder if you have lymphodema

If you have a low platelet count you would need to have this treated before having a massage.

About Anna from Relax Therapies

Anna is a certified oncology massage therapist
Anna from Relax Therapies

Anna is a certified Oncology Massage Therapist after completing an intensive three day practical course plus online study. The course covered common cancer treatments and their side effects and how to adapt massage to suit people undergoing cancer treatment.

She is also a qualified Sports Therapist and offers a wide range of therapies including Reflexology, Aromatherapy, Indian Head Massage and Swedish massage.

She is a member of the Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT) and adheres to their code of conduct and ethics.

Her office is based in Birkenhead on the Wirral.

How to book in

If you are currently undergoing treatment please contact me for a brief phone consultation before you book in. This will allow me to check what (if any) adaptations will be needed to ensure your safety and comfort.

I can do home visits if required (my office is on first floor up a flight of stairs).


Depending on the massage therapy chosen it would be around £37.50 for a 60 minute appointment in Relax Therapies office.

A home visit starts at £55 depending on location and duration.

If you have completed your cancer treatment and are currently fit and well you can book a treatment online if you wish.

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