Why Cancer Patients Should Consider Massage Therapy


October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The side effects of cancer can include pain, fatigue, nausea, sleep problems and more.

As more consumers turn to massage therapy for health and medical reasons, research continues to support the use of massage therapy to help manage some of the side effects of cancer treatment. 

  • According to research, massage therapy shows promise for reducing pain intensity/severity, fatigue and anxiety in cancer populations.
  • Additional research indicates massage can improve mood and reduce depression in women with breast cancer.
  • Two recent studies support the use of massage therapy in breast cancer patients. The research concludes that massage therapy can be beneficial for helping depression/mood disorders in cancer patients, as well as helping chemotherapy-related nausea.

Find a Trusted Massage Therapist

Members of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) are the most trusted massage therapists in the United States. Talk to your doctor before incorporating massage therapy into your cancer treatment plan.


Massage therapists, learn how massage therapy can be a powerful intervention for those dealing with cancer with AMTA's rigorous online continuing education.

Cancer & Massage Therapy: Essential Contraindications

2.5 CE Credits

Examine massage contraindications and complications as cancer develops over time. Register now»

Cancer & Massage Therapy: Treatment

3 CE Credits

Learn about effects of the principal cancer treatments (surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy), as well as the contraindications for each. Register now »

Introduction to Pediatric Oncology

3 CE Credits

Obtain a general understanding of the pediatric cancers and cancer treatment, and how pediatric cancer requires different skills than those used when treating adults. Register now »


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Kim K., AMTA member since 2003

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