Cancer and Massage Therapy: Treatments Part II

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$45 members / $75 non-members     3.0 CE credits

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The effects of cancer treatment often impact patients more than the effects of cancer itself, but massage can be a powerful intervention and support. Skilled touch may help relieve symptoms and side effects as people navigate some of the strongest treatment in conventional medicine.

Explore the effects of principal cancer treatments (surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy) and the massage therapy contraindications for each.

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

  • Describe complications or side effects of surgery. 
  • Explain how the “Quadrant Principle” modifies massage therapy for risk of lymphedema.
  • Discover what information you need to know for a client who is in radiation therapy.
  • Discuss massage adjustments you can make to help those with side effects from their cancer treatments.

About the author(s)

Tracy Walton is a researcher, writer, award-winning educator, and specialist in massage therapy and cancer care.  A dynamic voice for the power of touch, she is the author of the pathology textbook, Medical Conditions and Massage Therapy:  A Decision Tree Approach (2011). 

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 expire one year from the date of purchase. When a course expires, you will no longer have access to the course materials and will be required to re-purchase the course.

Course Approval Codes

MSP #60


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.


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