Massage and Cancer by Debra Curtis
Massage and Cancer by Debra Curtis understands people with cancer have a range of health care needs and considerations. The massage therapist working with the client who has cancer requires: a basic knowledge base about cancer; an awareness of contraindications and safety factors involving clinical judgment and decision-making; an understanding of how to adapt the massage therapy plan to be compatible with medical treatment protocols; and an appreciation of how to develop treatment plans which accommodate the various states and stages of health experienced by clients with cancer.
Massage practitioners often express concern about whether they have sufficient knowledge about cancer or understanding of how massage therapy interacts with cancer progression and cancer therapies. The concern is understandable since there has been very little research which directly addresses massage therapy and cancer issues.
Massage Therapy and Cancer begins with an exploration of what cancer is and how it spreads, the rationales associated with medical treatment modalities, and the states of emotional and physical health experienced by cancer patients as a result of their illness and the treatments they usually receive for it. This information is then combined with current understanding of the effects, risks, and efficacies of massage therapy. The result is a manual which offers reasonable answers and practical information about massage therapy and clients who have cancer.