Cancer Care - Massage Therapy

Oncology massage addresses the specific needs of patients undergoing treatment for cancer, as well as managing long-term side effects of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.

When caring for a patient with cancer, massage can be part of personal self-care to manage stress, fatigue, anxiety and depression.  Regular massage promotes overall health and wellness. Patients with cancer might also opt for a massage for preventative reasons such as keeping muscles pliable and joints moving with ease.

Massage therapy can also be of help to cancer patients in both the preparation for and in the recovery from surgery. Post-surgical scars and cording can successfully be treated in order to reduce movement-limiting and painful restrictions. Radiation fibrosis, or thickening of soft tissues, can result from radiation treatments.  Over time, this density can result in decreased range of motion and discomfort. 

Patients with cancer often find massage therapy as a good complementary therapy while undergoing conventional treatments. Gentle massage is effective in reducing radiation fibrosis.  Chemotherapy can leave you feeling unwell and with numbness or tingling in your hands or feet.  A focused massage treatment can help to reduce these unpleasant side effects. Finally, pain can be better managed using massage.  Less pain results in better quality of life and improved sleep.

Massage therapy uses a range of modalities including Swedish massage, craniosacral therapy, lymphatic drainage therapy, scar treatments, cupping and energy healing. Our massage therapists have extensive experience with people living with cancer and understand where and when contraindications are necessary.

You can find answers to commonly asked questions about massage therapy on our FAQs Page.

Massage Therapists & Clinic Hours

Janet Penny, RMT
Tuesday, 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Erica Sainsbury, RMT
Please call the OICC

Read about our team

Fees

Massage Sessions
90 Minutes - $145
75 Minutes - $120
60 Minutes - $100
45 Minutes - $80
30 Minutes - $70