Updates on current research related to oncology massage.
NCCN National Comprehensive Cancer Network recommends massage therapy as a non-pharmacological intervention for CRF for patients on active treatment. Categorized as a physically based therapy,
“The panel recommends massage therapy as a category 1 recommendation for treatment of CRF in patients on active treatment.” – MS-11
Category 1 is based on high-level evidence with uniform NCCN Consensus that the intervention is appropriate.
NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines)
Version 1.2022 – January 3, 2022 NCCN.org
Note: if you are not yet a member of NCCN you will need to register to gain access to the research study.Read about the guideline
Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy
2019 Supportive Care: Oncology Massage May Relieve Symptoms of Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy
ASCO Post: A new study has found that oncology massage therapy can provide symptomatic relief for a common and difficult-to-treat side effect of cancer treatment. Patients with chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy experienced a sustained reduction in lower-extremity pain up to 6 weeks after completion of massage treatment when they received an intensive therapy schedule of three massages per week.Read about the study