Some patients are able to have chemotherapy and a hand or foot massage at the same time, or you may prefer to have the massage after the treatment has finished. You can also have a massage from a private practitioner in their own rooms.
Why can’t you have a massage if you have cancer?
Amongst some of the “contraindications,” therapists think that massage will: spread the cancer, promote the development of lymphoedema, reduce the effects of the chemotherapy, and will flush medication from the body.
Can I have a massage while on chemo?
Deep massage, or any type of massage that involves strong pressure, should NOT be used if you are undergoing chemotherapy and radiation. People undergoing chemotherapy may have a decrease in red and white blood cells, so with deep massage, there is a risk of bruising.
Should cancer patients have massages?
Absolutely. Light, relaxing massage can safely be given to clients at any stage of their cancer journey. Massage can help with many of the temporary side effect of chemotherapy and radiation, lower anxiety and pain, improve energy, and decrease nausea.
What can you not do during chemotherapy?
Stay away from strong smelling foods to avoid aggravating any disorders of taste. Avoid fatty fried, spicy and overly sweet foods, as they may induce nausea. Avoid refined sugars (including raw, brown and palm sugar) as well as refined carbohydrates as most tumours prefer glucose as a source of energy.
What is a oncology massage?
Oncology massage is an approach to massage therapy based in both compassion and specialized massage treatments to help people manage their experience with cancer. Review of the scientific literature indicates oncology massage helps improve quality of life.
When should you not get a massage?
Tell the therapist if you have these conditions
- Contagious skin conditions (boils, warts, or herpes)
- Other skin conditions (burns, rashes, or sores)
- Circulatory system issues (high blood pressure, varicose veins, or stroke)
- Digestive system issues (ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, or colitis)
What happens if you massage a tumor?
The style of massage used for people during or after cancer treatment will depend on the treatment they’re having. Over the years, there has been a general concern that massage can increase the risk of cancer cells spreading to other parts of the body. However, there is no evidence that this happens.
Is massage good for lymphoma?
Massage stimulates the skin, blood, and lymphatic system, which boosts blood circulation, aids muscle relaxation, and soothes nerves. It does not treat or cure your lymphoma.
Is massage alternative medicine?
For people coping with injuries or chronic pain, however, massage therapy can serve as a form of alternative medicine, not just a soothing treat. Nearly one in 10 people have used therapeutic massage for many conditions, including stress, anxiety, pain, and sports injuries.
Can you have a massage after cancer treatment?
Can a massage spread cancer cells? There is no evidence that massage can encourage breast cancer cells to spread around the body and it’s safe to have a massage even if you’re currently having treatment such as chemotherapy.
Is massage good for bone cancer?
Their cancer pain results in substantial morbidity and disrupted quality of life in 34-45% of cancer patients. Massage therapy (MT) appears to have positive effects in patients with cancer; however, the benefits of MT, specifically in patients with metastatic bone pain, remains unknown.
Why can’t chemo patients have ice?
You are being treated for cancer with a chemotherapy medication called Oxaliplatin. This medication has an unusual side effect called “cold dysesthesia”. This means that different parts of your body may be very sensitive to cold – cold drinks, cold food, and cool or cold outdoor temperatures.
Can you kiss on chemo?
While taking chemotherapy, it is safe to touch other people (including hugging or kissing). However, special care is needed to protect others from contact with the medication. Follow these safety measures while you are taking your chemotherapy (whether by needle or as a pill) and for two days after you have finished.
What is chemo belly?
Bloating can also be caused by slowed movement of food through the G.I. (gastrointestinal tract or digestive tract) tract due to gastric surgery, chemotherapy (also called chemo belly), radiation therapy or medications. Whatever the cause, the discomfort is universally not welcome.