And if I were asked (in an elevator, say),
How can massage help people with cancer? Here is what I would answer:
A diagnosis of cancer changes your life. You’ll have a medical team to address the cancer, and hopefully a social worker to help you cope with the life changes and the financial challenges. There will be tests and treatments—some of which will make you feel very sick.
In the midst of all of this, the presence of an oncology massage therapist can be a great gift. There is a growing body of medical research that supports massage for some of the worst side-effects of cancer treatment: pain, nausea, anxiety and depression. A massage therapist can help you deal with your stress in ways that few other medical professionals can.