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Cancer & Massage

1 Hour CE Course

Average rating based on the following evaluation questions:

  1. The presentation of the subject was clear and to the point.
  2. Content was interesting to me.
  3. I gained new knowledge.
  4. The materials held my attention.
  5. I can use this information in my practice.
  6. This program met my personal expectations.
  7. Overall quality of course content and materials were excellent.

Enrollment Options

Fully Online Materials and Test
Audio Version of Text Included

Contents: 4 original online articles; plus online multiple-choice test



This program is intended to provide an overview for the massage therapist covering the following areas related to cancer:

  • Types of breast cancer surgeries and the role of massage therapy with regard to breast cancer surgery.
  • The prevalence of skin cancer and five criteria used to identify possible skin cancer.
  • Primary risks and symptoms of cancer therapy as well as the protocols for massage therapy.
  • Precautions and potential efficacy of essential oils with regard to cancer patients.

In the Cancer & Massage program we've combined four articles written especially for the Institute's Massage Professionals Update. These four articles include:

You can either read the articles by clicking on any of the titles above or upon enrollment you'll be able to access these articles and your online test through your online course account.

An audio version of the course text is available with this program.

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I loved this course. My mother had cancer and I wished I had known then what I know now. Of course my prejudice was showing as I expected this course to only be about breast cancer. This was a good reminder that there are other diseases out there.

E. diSpirito, NCTMB

I really enjoyed this course on cancer. It was incredibly informative and very interesting.

P. Anderson, LMP, NCTMB

This course enabled me to better understand the cancer process and that there are effective methods to help ease the client. It really opened my eyes and helped me to realize that cancer does not mean no massage. Thanks!!

S. Dombrauskas, LMT, AMTA

After 9 years in the massage profession and working with cancer patients, learning on my own, the information in this class was right on. And some information was very enlightning. Thank you so much.


I have been a massage therapist for 10 years. My clients have aged along with me. They present different conditions with each passing year. This cancer course gave me basic information and also an outline for further study into the areas covered. I am grateful for your course.

B. Maraffino, NCTMB, ABMP

Will be very helpful in my practice since so many people are being diagnosed with cancer each year this will help me to have a better understanding on treatment.

P. Harper, LMT

I enjoyed learning new things about cancer and massage. I really felt that the information was clear and straight to the point. I also learned a few things on correcting my mistakes with cancer patients.

F. Perrot, RMT

I especially appreciated the section on essential oil use when working with a cancer client.

C. Moseley, RMT, NCTMB

The course was very informative.

Edwind Holsey, LMT

With alternative and holistic healthcare services now being offered to cancer patients, and as an Oncology Massage therapist, I believe it is crucial to be informed in cancer massage treatments. This course was extremely valuable.

Tanya Muhleisen, LMT

Loved this course!! Gained much more insight into dealing winth Cancer & massage. Thank you :-)

Carlene Pfeister, LMT

Very informative. Will be helpful in my employment.

Donna Kay Thomas, LMT

Awesome and informative course! Thank you.

Martha Taylor, LMT

Excellent refresher course. The valuable information was informative, to the point, and will help me in my career regarding cancer therapy.

Brandon Bolyard, LMT

Currently I have a client undergoing cancer treatment. The tumor has been removed and she will start radiation treatment shortly. The information contained in the course was very valuable and will help me plan massage sessions for her during cancer treatments.

Cynthia Mayer- Huff, LMT, AMTA

I work a lot with cancer and hospice patients so this kind of class if most helpful. Thank you.

Timothy A. Grady, LMT, NCTMB, AMTA

I was very pleased with the material and my co-workers were interested as well. I was happy to find a section on essentail oils too. I would highly recommend this course and will definitely taking more. How convenient!!!

Joan Thorpe, LMT

I felt very supported by this class and the method presented. Thank you

Heidi Froehlich, LMT

Having had patients that had gone through such a courageous journey with their battle with cancer, it is a blessing to know that skilled therapist can comfort a patient with knowledge, compassion, and expertise so that this journey is much more easier for the patient and therapist. Thank you.

Jannett Schneider, RMT

I enjoyed this topic. Having worked with cancer patients in diagnostic imaging it helps to understand what can and can't be done.

Patrisha Tinsley-Cordero, LMT

Very informative. It enlightened me on skin cancer.

Mike Truelock, LMT

The information was very thorough and I was hooked on the reading. It is very useful for my practice, I'm one step closer to being a better healer. Thank you!

Honora Kao, LMT

It was a great review.

Colette Bomback, LMT, ABMP

I found this course to be very informative.

Rita Caracciolo, LMT

I learned a ot for 1 CEU.

Sheila Vair, LMT, NCTMB

Great insight.

Piper Ward, LMT

Interesting subject.

Danielle Fritz, LMT

Very good and not time consuming!

Monica R. Miller, LMT

Great course. I deal with many clients who've had cancer in the past, as well as those dealing with it presently. Very helpful material, and the information on the Aromatherapy was very enlightening.

Dulcie Marshall, LMT, NCTMB

Good to know information that is handy to keep for use in my practice!

Tifanie Daniels, LMT

Excellent. Please continue with valuable classes like this one.

David Neff, LMT, NCTMB, AMTA

Having lost many friends and family to cancer, I have always wanted to work with patients battling this disease. This course gave me a better understanding about cancer and how I can expand my knowledge on the subject as it relates to massage therapy. I look forward to learning more ways I can help my clients recover emotionally and physcially.

Limmanda Mikini Collins, LMT, AMTA

I was very intrigued with this course. I was prompted on a personal level to take this class because I encountered 2 clients before finding out they were diagnosed with breast cancer, so I will be taking more classes on this issue. It will benefit me and all other therapists. It should be a requirement for all of us. We all should be aware of our client's body as we massage and not be afraid to discuss with the right tools.

Linda Moye, LMT

Nice course. It had good information and I learned some things that will be very beneficial to some of my clients.

Melvin Holman, LMT

I liked it. Informative. There was information I didn't know about aromatherapy and essential oils.

Elizabeth Darnell, LMT, AMTA

Very informative. Thank you.

George Thorogood, III, LMT

Fantastic course. This information is needed for all massage therapists.

Nathan Vance, LMT

It was informative.

Csandress Kiel, LMT

The articles are well written.

Ann Hibbard, LMT, ABMP

This is an extremely important subject to keep abreast of changes in any practices for therapists. I appreciated the information.

Barbara Erickson, LMT, NCBTMB

Excellent information.

Darren Carpenter, LMT, AMTA

Great information.

Jacqui Bowman, LMT

I enjoyed learning some new information. It makes me think I might be interested in seeking out a certification in Oncology Massage.

Gayle Royer, LMT

Thanks a lot. I've learned so much from this course!

Dynell Wauneka, LMT

Many people in my life have had/have some kind of cancer and I was always afraid of offering therapy to them. This class helped me to understand that I can do it without hurting them, in fact they would probably love it.

Justine White, LMT

Very informative and easy to follow! I thoroughly enjoyed this course!

Marilyn Rhodes, LMT

Very informative and easy to understand.

Jacqueline Faye Chatman, LMT

This is a very good information to know and be aware of!!

Liliya Gutnyk, LMT, AMTA

Great refresher !!!!

Patricia Phillips, LMT

My mother currently has stage 4 breast cancer, so this class was very helpful for me. I am glad to have the knowledge I now need to be able to help her or say no to her when she needs a massage, should that be necessary. (My mom is doing well!)

Shari Clark, CMT, AMTA

Excellent information I can really use in my practice.

Carla Hamill, LMT

The information on essential oils used on cancer patients was very enlightening.

Deborah Brown, LMT, AMTA

Provides critically important and relevant information when considering working with cancer patients.

Terri Rogers, LMT

These short articles are interesting and contain valuable information for safety precautions. They are a good starting point of inquiry for continuing education.

Sharon Butler, RMT

The course was very easy to follow and I learned quite a bit of information I can use in my future practice. Thanks.

Brandon Rowe, CMT

Great customer service on the phone. Easy to navigate website. Well balanced course - good overall look at Cancer and Massage along with some critical specific information as well. Thanks for providing this course!

Bonnie Britton, LMT, NCTMB

So far everything is perfect. I can't think of anything that could be done to improve this.

Tina Jones, CMT

I appreciated list of more commonly known photo-toxic oils and sensitizing oils.

Marilyn Hanley, LMT, BCTMB

Excellent course.

Marilyn Mathews, LMBT

Whether you need the hours or not, it’s good to review new cancer information and test yourself periodically.

Judy Lacy, LMT

As with all other courses I have completed, I feel the experience of reading this course will be very helpful in my practice and I thank IIHS individuals for their patience and help given to me.

Sharon Lee Schuk, LMT

I have always found courses from the Institute interesting and meaningful. Thank you for providing a wide range of courses. This course was very good.

Lorena Sue Boyce, LMT

I liked the fact that you included The Skin Cancer Foundation address to send for a brochure. Very helpful. Thank you.

Wendy Morgan, LMT

Over the years working with cancer patients in massage therapy has changed our profession drastically. This course gives a history of massage therapy and cancer care and the progress that has been made over the years to benefit the patient and the entire healthcare team. I was very impressed with this course and highly recommend it.

Shirley Williams, LMT, BCTMB

Fun and easy to use! Found some new information on aromatherapy in conjunction with cancer massage specifically. Great info!

Matthew Rogers, LMT

I felt the information was easy to understand and very helpful. It clearly brought out all the contraindications a massage therapist needs to avoid, while teaching therapists what modalities they can use and how to employ them safely.

Cheryl Taylor, LMT

Awesome indepth information I can use in my practice!!! Thank you

Robin Warren, LMBT

Yet another success, Yahoo! Photos were very helpful. I would love to see more of them in all courses. Well organized and informative course, Shukran (Thanks)

Sabirah N. Muhammad

Nice introduction to cancer & massage.

Abigail Weech, LMT

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Learning Objectives

  • Discover the types of breast cancer surgeries and describe the role of massage therapy with regard to breast cancer surgery.
  • Review the statistics of skin cancer and define the five criteria of identifying possible skin cancer
  • Describe the primary risks and symptoms of cancer therapies and state the protocol for massage therapy
  • Determine the precautions and potential efficacy of essential oils with regard to cancer patients
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