Cancer Treatment

 

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More and more cancer is becoming a chronic illness, rather than just a terminal one. For many cancer patients, pain, fatigue, and weakness interfere with their ability to perform daily functions and therefore with their quality of life. When pain is effectively managed, clients remain more active and report fewer problems than those who give in to the disability.

Massage has many benefits for people living with cancer:

 A massage helps in reclaiming the body and reuniting it with the heart, mind, and soul.
Massage may be given prior to surgery to help relax the client.
 

Potential Benefits of Massage for Cancer Patients

Improves sleep
Provides distraction
Increases relaxation
Improves bowel activity
Decreases anxiety and depression
Decreases edema and lymphedema
Increases alertness and mental activity
moisturizers the skin and prevents problems such as bed sores
Decreases symptoms related to chemo and radiation such as fatigue, nausea, diarrhea, and loss of appetite
Increases circulation, stimulates lymphatic flow to help in the elimination of waste products: Stimulated vascular flow brings fresh nutrients to the area