Cancer & Massage


1 CE Hours


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.

Course Reviews

Limmanda Mikini Collins, LMT, 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.

E. diSpirito, NCTMB

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.

S. Dombrauskas, LMT, AMTA

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!!

Sharon Butler, RMT

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

Tanya Muhleisen, 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.

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  • 4 MPU Original Articles - 15 page downloadable text which is also provided in an mp3 audio format
  • 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.

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