At Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, we offer oncology massage for those currently receiving treatment on an inpatient and an outpatient basis. Research studies have demonstrated the positive effects of massage therapy for people undergoing cancer treatment, such as chemotherapy or surgery.
Oncology massage uses a modified version of existing techniques to safely deliver a calming and soothing "light touch" to cancer patients. With clearance from your doctors, you can receive oncology massage if you are staying in the hospital as an inpatient, or if you come to the hospital for treatment at the comprehensive treatment unit (CTU) as an outpatient.
Receiving oncology massage can help:
- Control nausea
- Decrease nervousness and stress
- Ease pain
- Improve energy level and overall well-being
- Improve sleep and ease fatigue
- Increase mental clarity
- Promote relaxation
- Reduce anxiety and depression
If you are currently undergoing cancer treatment, we invite you to try oncology massage therapy. We also offer the same “light touch” massage therapy to patients with other medical concerns while receiving infusion treatment for multiple sclerosis (MS), migraine headaches, iron deficiencies, or arthritis.
Receive Massage During Your Treatment
A visit from one of the support services representatives is the highlight of the day for many of our patients. A relaxing massage is often referred to as the best part of treatment. Often requested and rarely refused, massage allows patients to mentally "escape."
We offer complimentary massage while you are receiving your infusion treatment. Ideally, your massage session will begin shortly after the attending nurse assesses you and your infusion treatment begins.
Therefore, at the time and location when you are most vulnerable to anxiety, blood pressure spikes, depression, irritability, and overall discomfort, oncology massage can help relax and calm you.
How It Works
Our complimentary massage service is one of numerous support services we are proud to offer to our patients while undergoing cancer treatment. The massages are complimentary (no charge), tips are not accepted, and appointments or referrals are not necessary.
During treatment, you will be approached by one of our massage therapists and asked if you would like a relaxing massage. We provide a thorough explanation of the massage and the numerous benefits. Patients who have received a massage during previous visits will often ask the attending nurse for the availability of the massage therapist.
In some cases, the massage is requested by the attending nurse to assist in calming, lowering blood pressure, or to relax an anxious new or returning patient. The massage is generally focused on the feet and hands and the duration is about 20 to 25 minutes. The ideal time period for the massage to begin is shortly after the attending nurse assesses the patient and before treatment has begun.