Benefits of Cancer Massage

During a massage, your practitioner kneads your skin, muscles and tendons in an effort to relieve muscle tension and stress and promote relaxation. Several massage methods exist. Massage can be light and gentle, or it can be deep with more pressure.

Massage can be safe if you work with a knowledgeable massage therapist.


  • If you’re getting radiation therapy, avoid massage in the treatment area as well as in any red, raw, tender or swollen areas.
  • Don't have a massage if your blood counts are very low.
  • Ask the massage therapist to avoid massaging near surgical scars, radiation treatment areas or tumors.
  • If you have cancer in your bones or other bone diseases, such as osteoporosis, ask the massage therapist to use light pressure, rather than deep massage.