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The purpose of this group is to network and share information about oncology massage.

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Latest Activity: Aug 15, 2018

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Healing Summit

S4OM's Healing Summit here I come! Looking forward to seeing you all there!Continue

Started by Julia Morrow Apr 17, 2013.

Job Opening for Medical Director

Job Opening: Medical Director of Integrative Medicine The Roy & Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center, Burbank, CA 818.843.5111 Contact Human Resources DeptContinue

Started by Julia Morrow Feb 2, 2013.

Who would you like to study oncology massage with and where would you like to study? 3 Replies

I'm wondering what kind of experiences you have had in your oncology massage studies? It would be nice if we could all share information about our classes. I'd love to hear from the teachers as well as the students. What do you like best about your classes? What are the most important points to focus on during an oncology massage session? What would you like learn in addition to the knowledge you have already gained about oncology massage? Where do you go to get accurate information regarding…Continue

Tags: students, teachers, classes, massage, oncology

Started by Ariana Vincent, LMT, MTI, BCTMB. Last reply by Lucille Eddy Mar 14, 2012.

Melanoma and massage 2 Replies

I am a Melanoma survivor myself and a massage therapist. I'm hoping to get in to the course at Beamount this fall or February. But my question is for those of use that had treatment how long after treatment must you wait to get a massage? My back is killing me! yikes! Anyone with information please let me know. I had three lymph nodes removed to check for cancer but did not have a group of them taken. Thank youStephanie KefferContinue

Started by Stephanie Keffer. Last reply by Gary Lloyd Sep 1, 2010.

Has anyone seen the lastest article in Massage Magazine, " Medical Massage,How Touch Benefits Cancer patients"? 6 Replies

I am looking to discuss this article as I feel it is missing a great deal of information that is already available.  Not a mention of Gayle MacDonald's book, " Medicine Hands," or of any of the established educational/certification programs presently offered throughout the United States.Too bad the authors missed a great opportunity to show they did their research.Continue

Started by Stacy Barden. Last reply by Anne Hagan Jul 9, 2010.

Oncology massage certifiation 6 Replies

Hello, I for the last 16 months I have been working at our local hospital in the oncology department with our cancer patients. As far as I know there are no certifications for this. If there are I would really be interested. Here is how our program works: Our program is called "The Oasis".  Cleints who are currently receiving treatment are eligiable. They can receive healing touch, reflexology. swedish massage therapy, we also do Lymphatic drainage which has been very helpfull to those patients…Continue

Started by Susan Lester. Last reply by Sandy Gerhardt Oct 7, 2011.

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Comment by Eeris Kallil CMT on June 23, 2010 at 2:30pm
HI Paul- sounds like you have a lot of experience working with "oncology" clients already, and as you know when people are dealing with cancer there are a lot of complications to be aware of like medication, chemo, radiation and its side effects, surgery and its side effects, emotional aspects, and most importantly the risk of lymphadema. I believe most Oncology courses cover that information along with important indications and contraindications. For example I teach a course that is specified for breast cancer and you can find our more info about it on my website if you are interested.
Also for both you and Stephanie- you can find more about oncology massage training at (oncology massage association)
Comment by Peggy Vysniauskas on June 23, 2010 at 8:49am
I have been Certified in Oncology Massage since 2005, from Beaumont Hospital Michigan.
Comment by Stephanie Keffer on June 12, 2010 at 5:26pm
Hi I'm interested in learning about Oncology massage. Being a cancer survivor myself. I know Beaumont here in Mi offers a course. I hope to take it this fall or in Feb.
Comment by Paul Lewis, RMT, NCBTMB,MFHT on June 11, 2010 at 6:26pm
Hello all! I am located in Canada and I have a question about the "oncology courses" I am reading about here because i am unfamiliar with what that encapsulates. It covers quite a broad spectrum. Many of my clients are cancer survivors I guess "oncology" patients....I treat clients with single, double mastectomy, implants, pre and post surgical treatments each case the clients presents with varying concerns and issues. I have had wonderful success and I am interested in finding out what other cases people are treating. I am just finishing a book with about 100 different cases but I would be interested to find out more...take a course to see what others are teaching. So you can understand that when i see a title that says "Oncology" I don't know what the course outline will be.
For example: when i treat client A for post cancer ...she has altered sensation in thumb and forefinger, stiff neck on one side, pulling on the scar to one side, restricted abduction on the scar side and you get the idea...
My treatment combines: Dynamic, MFR Techniques, PIR, segmental stretching, scar work and therapeutic massage treatment for this client...Sorry to ramble on but i just wanted to get an idea of what the courses cover...I will be teaching at the WMF next week so If anyone is there come by and say well and hope to hear from someone...
Comment by Irish Baldwin on June 11, 2010 at 12:17pm
Hi all! I am interested in learning all about oncology massage. If anyone knows of any CE classes going on in the Philadelphia suburbs please let me know. Happy to be here!
Comment by Kelly Grounds on June 9, 2010 at 11:20am
I took Cheryl Chapman's class and Tracy Walton's class. Both were 24 CEs. Yes, both places I took them from advertised them as "Become a Certified Oncology LMT". But they were not 'programs' as I would think certification does mean.
Comment by Pat Ward on June 8, 2010 at 12:43pm
Hi Lori thanks yes that one worked!!
Comment by Lori Wyler on June 8, 2010 at 12:28pm
Thanks Pam... maybe this will work:
there is a link to the certification program
Comment by Lori Wyler on June 8, 2010 at 11:32am
Here are three links to check out for certification in oncology massage. The first two are the only "certification" courses that I am aware of. I recently attended Massage for People Living with Cancer with Isabel Adkins and it was great. The last link is for the Society for Oncology Massage. There is a link somewhere on the site that discusses certified classes that are offered. If interested, the book Medicine Hands by Gayle MacDonald is very informative and well written.
Comment by colleen fennessey on June 8, 2010 at 9:44am
What a great question...over the last year I have been trying to find out the same thing... I have never found any official certification required to work with cancer patients outside of being an LMT-

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