No massage during radiation?


Question from Moreca: Why would I not be able to receive massage therapy while I'm doing radiation treatments? Is it a problem for me, or is there some risk for the therapist?
Answers - Lorenzo Cohen There's no reason why a woman with breast cancer receiving radiation couldn't receive massage concurrently.
Beth Baughman DuPree, M.D., F.A.C.S. I agree. I don't think there's a contraindication either.
Lorenzo Cohen The massage therapist needs to be aware of the diagnosis of cancer and they need to be appropriately trained to work with people with cancer. But that is a general rule of thumb that one should follow when you are undergoing radiation treatment. There is no contraindication for the massage therapist.

On Wednesday, March 21, 2007, our Ask-the-Expert Online Conference was called Complementary Medicine Techniques. Lorenzo Cohen, Ph.D. and moderator Beth Baughman DuPree, M.D., F.A.C.S. answered your questions about different types of complementary techniques and how they can help during and after breast cancer treatment.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of Breastcancer.org. A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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