IMTRC: Massage Therapy for Breast Cancer Patients

IMTRC: Massage Therapy for Breast Cancer Patients

Author(s): Danielle Gentile, Brent A. Bauer

1CE credit 1 Lesson Video

Research continues to show that massage therapy can be an important part of an integrative approach to care for cancer patients. Learn how oncology massage helped reduce clinically significant pain in breast cancer patients and stress in breast cancer patients undergoing reconstructive surgery.

The Massage Therapy Foundation’s International Massage Therapy Research Conferences are designed to bring together an engaged community of thought leaders, educators, therapists, and allied health practitioners to discuss massage therapy research.  This session was originally presented in 2022.  For more information, please visit the Massage Therapy Foundation.

When you finish this course, you will be able to:

  • Discuss the findings for pain improvement after massage therapy in breast cancer patients;
  • Describe how massage compared with massage plus acupuncture in patients undergoing reconstructive surgery.

  1. IMTRC: Massage Therapy for Breast Cancer Patients

Danielle Gentile, PhD is a scientist on the Real-World Evidence and Insights team at Cardinal Health Specialty Solutions where she investigates the health outcomes of patients treated in real-world settings outside of clinical trials. Previously, she served as a Health Services Researcher in the Department of Supportive Oncology at Levine Cancer Institute, Atrium Health in Charlotte, NC. Her research has focused on the impact of integrative modalities on cancer patients’ pain, culturally competent LGBTQ+ healthcare and more.

Brent A. Bauer, MD is board-certified in Internal Medicine, a Professor of Medicine and is the founder of the Integrative Medicine Program at Mayo Clinic. His research interests have focused on the scientific evaluation of integrative medicine and he has authored several book chapters and over 100 papers on this topic. In addition to being the Medical Editor of the Mayo Clinic Guide to Integrative Medicine and The Science of Integrative Medicine video series, Dr. Bauer is currently collaborating on over 20 studies evaluating therapies ranging from acupuncture to valerian.