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Cancer & Massage

1 CE Hour - E301W

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.
Cancer & Massage

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Massage Professionals Update

Earn credits through articles you've already read in our Massage Professionals Update e-newsletter.

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.

Featured Reviews

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

- Robin Warren, LMBT

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

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

- Matthew Rogers, 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

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

- Wendy Morgan, 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

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

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

- Judy Lacy, LMT

Excellent course.

- Marilyn Mathews, LMBT

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

- Marilyn Hanley, LMT, BCTMB

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

- Tina Jones, 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

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

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

- Terri Rogers, LMT

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

- Deborah Brown, LMT, AMTA

Excellent information I can really use in my practice.

- Carla Hamill, 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

Great refresher !!!!

- Patricia Phillips, LMT

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

- Liliya Gutnyk, LMT, AMTA

Very informative and easy to understand.

- Jacqueline Faye Chatman, LMT

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

- Marilyn Rhodes, LMT

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

- Dynell Wauneka, 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

Great information.

- Jacqui Bowman, LMT

Excellent information.

- Darren Carpenter, LMT, AMTA

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

- Barbara Erickson, LMT, NCBTMB

The articles are well written.

- Ann Hibbard, LMT, ABMP

It was informative.

- Csandress Kiel, LMT

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

- Nathan Vance, LMT

Very informative. Thank you.

- George Thorogood, III, LMT

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

- Elizabeth Darnell, LMT, AMTA

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 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

Excellent. Please continue with valuable classes like this one.

- David Neff, LMT, NCTMB, AMTA

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

- Tifanie Daniels, 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

Very good and not time consuming!

- Monica R. Miller, LMT

Interesting subject.

- Danielle Fritz, LMT

Great insight.

- Piper Ward, LMT

I learned a ot for 1 CEU.

- Sheila Vair, LMT, NCTMB

I found this course to be very informative.

- Rita Caracciolo, LMT

It was a great review.

- Colette Bomback, LMT, ABMP

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

Very informative. It enlightened me on skin cancer.

- Mike Truelock, LMT

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

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

- Heidi Froehlich, LMT

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

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

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

- Brandon Bolyard, LMT

Awesome and informative course! Thank you.

- Martha Taylor, LMT

Very informative. Will be helpful in my employment.

- Donna Kay Thomas, LMT

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

- Carlene Pfeister, LMT

The course was very informative.

- Edwind Holsey, LMT

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

- P. Anderson, LMP, NCTMB

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.

- M. King, LMT, NCTMB

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


Massage Professionals Update
  • 4 MPU Original Articles - 15 pages; downloadable text and mp3 audio, too
  • Online multiple-choice test
  • Certificate upon completion

Display Certificates suitable for framing are available for $10 in addition to the certificate included with your tuition. Click here to order a Display Certificate.


The Institute is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider. Approved Provider 049478-00.

Credits also accepted by the AMTA, ABMP and NAHA.

For information regarding your specific state massage license requirements and approvals, visit our Massage Therapy Continuing Education Requirements page by clicking here.


Nicole Cutler, L.Ac., MTCM

Nicole Cutler, L.Ac., MTCM

Nicole Cutler is a long time advocate of integrating perspectives on health. With a Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience from the University of Rochester and a Masters Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Five Branches Institute, Nicole has been a licensed acupuncturist since 2000. She has earned acupuncture licenses in the states of California and New York, is a certified specialist with the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association, has earned diplomat status with the National Commission of Chinese and Oriental Medicine in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology and is a member of the Society for Integrative Oncology. In addition to her acupuncture practice that focuses on stress and pain relief, digestion, immunity and oncology, Nicole contributes to the integration of healthcare by writing articles and courses such as Infectious Disease: Hepatitis for health care providers.

Linda Fehrs, LMT

Linda Fehrs, LMT

Linda Fehrs attended both the Swedish Institute of Massage Therapy and Hudson Valley School of Massage Therapy in New York – a state with some of the most rigorous licensing requirements in the U.S. – and also served as an instructor at the Hudson Valley School of Massage.

She is a professional member of the AMTA and the New York State Society of Medical Massage Therapists. Linda has actively practiced massage therapy in the Mid-Hudson Valley since 2002 with a focus on medical massage and massage for those with special needs, such as developmental and physical disabilities.

Ms. Fehrs has authored such courses as Build Your Massage Practice, Cancer & Massage, Women & Massage as well as Marketing Massage and the Economy.

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