Cancer + Massage: Online and In-Person Learning


Massage therapy can be a powerful healing intervention for people with cancer and cancer histories. Learn skills to better serve your clients with cancer and hear how massage impacted cancer survivors with our online courses and AMTA 2015 National Convention sessions.

Convenient Online Courses

Cancer and Massage Therapy—Essential Contraindications (2.5 CE Hours)

Examine massage contraindications and complications as cancer develops over time. Get started >>

Cancer and Massage Therapy—Treatment (3 CE Hours)

Learn about about effects of the principal cancer treatments (surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy), as well as the contraindications for each. Get started >>

Introduction to Pediatric Oncology (3 CE Hours)

Obtain a general understanding of how pediatric cancer requires different skills than those used when treating adults and of the pediatric cancers and cancer treatment. Get started >>

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Opening Session & Business Meeting

Be inspired by Scott Hamilton, an Olympic gold medalist and cancer and brain tumor survivor. Scott will share his journey with cancer and how he used massage therapy to succeed as a professional athlete. Learn more >>

Oncology Rehab: Identifying and Assessing Edema vs. Lymphedema (2 CE Hours)

Carmen Thompson will explain practical applications of manual lymphatic drainage and contraindications when helping the oncology population. Gain insight to differentiate between normal post-operative edema and lymphedema along with guidance on when to refer these clients out to another health care professional. Learn more >>

Closing Session—The Power of Touch: Cancer + Massage (2.5 CE Hours)

Explore how massage therapy can have a positive impact on those affected by cancer. Gain practical takeaways working with those affected by cancer from MD Anderson Cancer Center oncologist Dr. Gabriel LopezHear cancer survivor Suleika Jaouad’s reflection on how challenges in life provide the opportunity to assess and move forward. Learn more >>

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