Medicine Hands (Paperback)

Massage Therapy for People with Cancer

By Gayle MacDonald

Findhorn Press, 9781844090907, 240pp.

Publication Date: January 1, 2007

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (3/3/2014)

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A practical book written for both health professionals and the layperson, this revised guide deconstructs common myths about the use of massage in cancer treatment. Reviewing literature that shows cancer to be caused by genetic mutation and the influence of hormones, the opening discussion emphasizes that mechanical action such as massage does not break tumors open or cause them to spread. The book purports that the real medical issues for massage therapists center on ameliorating the discomfort of treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery. The topics covered include massage in hospitals, in respite care, for the dying, and for exhausted caregivers, with appendices summarizing research on oncology patients and massage. Charts for the adjustment of massage techniques according to the treatment a patient is undergoing are also included.

About the Author

Gayle MacDonald, MS, LMT, supervises massage therapists in the oncology units of Oregon Health and Science University and is the author of Massage for the Hospital Patient and Medically Frail Client. She lives in Portland, Oregon, and Phoenix, Arizona.

Praise For Medicine Hands: Massage Therapy for People with Cancer

"An excellent resource which has long been needed by health professionals."  Bernie Siegel, author, Prescriptions for Living