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Introduction to Pediatric Oncology Massage

$45.00 members / $75.00 nonmembers     3.0 credit hours

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Receive an introduction into the considerations that will help you succeed when providing massage therapy to children with cancer and their families. To understand each modality to its fullest, massage therapists must take many more class hours than those required just to graduate from massage therapy school. Even more hours are required when providing massage therapy for children with cancer.

NOTE: The information contained in this course is intended to provide a general overview of considerations for working with children with cancer. More specific in-class time is required to succeed with these clients.

Related: Cancer & Massage Therapy: Essential Contraindications | 2.5 Credit Hours and Cancer and Massage Therapy: Treatments | 3 Credit Hours


Learn the need for and value of extra training in order to serve pediatric clients with cancer. Get a general understanding of how pediatric cancer requires different skills than those used when treating adults and of the pediatric cancers and cancer treatment. When you finish this course you will be able to:

  • Understand the value of the additional study required to provide massage therapy for pediatric clients with cancer.
  • Understand the importance of communicating with the healthcare team for pediatric clients with cancer.
  • Describe two types of cancer that account for over 50% of childhood cancers.
  • Describe when and what kind of additional training is needed to treat pediatric clients with cancer.
  • List five systemic and five local conditions where massage therapy is contraindicated in pediatric clients with cancer.
  • List five precautions and special considerations that require research before treating a pediatric client with cancer.
  • Define the five “P’s” that are key to successful treatment of pediatric clients with cancer.


This course contains information that is proprietary. None of the material contained within this course may be used without the express written permission of AMTA unless otherwise indicated in the course. As a reminder, before practicing any new modalities or techniques, check with your state’s massage therapy regulatory authority to ensure they are within the state’s defined scope of practice for massage therapy.

About the author(s)

With over a decade of service to children and families, Tina Allen, founder of the children’s health and nurturing touch organization Liddle Kidz Foundation, has become a respected international lecturer and author on infant and pediatric massage.

Course approval codes

MSP #181; LCEU0001648

Course expiration

Please note that you must complete each AMTA online learning course and pass the exam one year from the date of purchase. If you do not complete the course and pass the exam within one year, you will be required to re-purchase the course.


Online courses are non-refundable. AMTA will not cover fees incurred from duplicate payments, insufficient funds, stopped payments or credit/debit cards over credit limits.

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