Oncology Massage Therapy (OMT) is a therapeutic massage designed for an individual in treatment for cancer or with a history of cancer. OMT can help reduce symptoms associated with cancer and its treatment, including nausea, fatigue, anxiety, depression, and pain.

45 minute: $65

60 minute: $85

75 minute: $105

90 minute: $120

Oncology Massage Therapy FAQ

How is an oncology massage different from a therapeutic massage?

Like any therapeutic massage session, oncology massage is never "one size fits all." It's always designed specifically for the person on the table. I may make minor adjustments, like reducing pressure or stroke direction in areas where lymph nodes were removed or radiation occurred. I do these things to keep from triggering any complications. I may also use different techniques to address areas of scar tissue or swelling, if surgery was part of your treatment.

How can massage therapy help someone experiencing cancer?

There is a growing body of research on oncology massage therapy. The current research suggests that skilled massage can help with pain, nausea, fatigue, anxiety, depression, and peripheral neuropathy. This is in line with what oncology massage clients often tell us: that they feel better after their massage, and that regular massage therapy has made treatment more tolerable by alleviating some of the side effects. There's also the simple but powerful human touch factor; we all need to be touched in a caring, nurturing way, and maybe especially so during harder times.

Is oncology massage therapy safe? Can it spread cancer?

Oncology massage therapy is very safe, and skilled massage therapy will not spread cancer. The decades-old myth was that massage therapy increases circulation, thereby spreading cancer. This hasn't held up to what science and medicine have discovered about how cancer spreads (metastasis). We now know that metastasis is a much more complex process, involving factors such as environmental agents, genetics, and how cancer cells interact with their environment. If it was as simple as how fast cancer cells travel through the blood stream, doctors would discourage movement and exercise for people with cancer. This is not the case: oncologists have long recommended movement and exercise when possible. Today, many hospitals and cancer centers offer exercise and massage therapy as safe, complementary parts of treatment.

Can you include lymphatic drainage in my oncology massage session?

Lymphatic drainage makes a great complement to oncology massage therapy, because it can help prevent and manage lymphedema, and other symptoms/side effects that can come with cancer and treatment. In general, as long as your heart and kidneys are functioning, I can usually add lymphatic work into our session. The heart and kidney guideline exists because lymphatic drainage increases the "lymphatic load" that the heart and kidneys have to process. In rare cases I may ask you to get your physician's approval first. Give me a call if you aren't sure whether lymphatic drainage is right for you, and we can chat more about it.

Do you accept insurance?

No, I am not set up to bill insurance. If you request it, I can give you a superbill that you can submit to your insurance provider for reimbursement, but I can't guarantee they'll reimburse anything. I do accept HSA/FSA payments.

Can you come to a home, hospital room, or hospice room to provide massage therapy?

For clients who cannot travel to my office, and who are located in the Decatur, Clarkston, or Tucker areas, I am able to do outcall visits. However, depending on my in-office schedule, I cannot always squeeze in a housecall. I am not able to make outcalls during peak rush hours, and I charge an extra travel fee.

I have been cancer-free for many years. Why would I still need or want to receive massage therapy from an oncology-trained therapist?

Certain risks that result from cancer treatment can be lifelong- the most common being risk of lymphedema. An oncology-trained massage therapist (OMT) is trained to ask the right questions and listen for answers that would indicate these risks. An OMT can make the appropriate adjustments to avoid triggering unnecessary complications.