Given that the statistics suggest that one in two of us will get cancer at some point in our lives, we will undoubtedly see patients who have been or are being treated for cancer. Massage therapy is beneficial in many ways, but the ill-informed therapist can also easily make their patients’ lives worse by triggering lymphoedema. This article gives you a brief overview of the lymphatic system, a thorough look at how it can be affected by cancer treatment and the adaptations that you need to make to your practice so that you can safely treat patients who have or at risk of developing lymphoedema. This article has been extracted from the authors’ book Oncology Massage: An integrative approach to cancer care, which is a must-read for anyone involved with people with or who have had cancer treatment. Login or register a free account below to access the contents, key points and discussion questions that accompany the article.
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