Current Research

Updates on current research related to oncology massage.


Effect of manual lymphatic drainage on upper limb lymphedema after surgery for breast cancer

The results of the study showed a positive effect of manual lymphatic drainage on the maintenance phase of lymphedema in patients after breast cancer surgery.

NIH-NLM, 2022

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Integrative Oncology in Young Women with Breast Cancer

Small studies have demonstrated the benefit of integrative oncology (IO) therapies in patients with breast cancer; however, referral patterns and timing of therapies are unknown. This study describes the referral pattern and utilization of IO services by young women with breast cancer.

NIH-NLM, 2022

Cancer-Related Fatigue

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

Note: if you are not yet a member of NCCN you will need to register to gain access to the research study.

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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.

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