Massage therapy is offered to our cancer patients receiving treatment in our ambulatory infusion unit. A licensed massage therapist provides massage therapy to eligible patients while patients are sitting in the infusion chairs or laying in bed to receive their chemotherapy. Massage is limited to hands, arms, shoulder and neck areas. The massage last about 20 minutes.
Receiving chemotherapy for cancer can bring about anxiety, massage therapy can offer a sense of calmness and distraction. Patients are asked to rate their pain or level of anxiety on a scale from 1-10 before and after massage, patients always report less pain and anxiety afterwards.
Patients will need a referral from their physician for this service.