Massage involves the manipulation of soft tissues using a range of different techniques. The belief that a cancer diagnosis is a contra-indication to massage is largely unfounded, although adaptations of technique may be needed for individuals with cancer and it will not be appropriate in all cases. Published studies show that the benefits of massage in the cancer care setting include relief from anxiety, depression, pain, nausea, and insomnia. It may also improve measures of immune function. This chapter discusses guidelines for safe practice, myths around massage in cancer care, research relating to massage for cancer patients, use of massage in patients with haematological cancers, and assessment and contracting for massage.
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