Premassages for the cancer patient?

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An important step in working with client who have a form of cancer is a premassage evaluation consisting of very important questions needed to be answered by the client. The following are just a few: What type of cancer does the client have? The type of cancer can significantly affect the type of massage treatment. Is the client receiving steroid treatment? The client may be receiving steroids as well as chemotherapy. Long-term steroid use can lead to osteoporosis, which requires very light pressure during treatment. Is the client in treatment for the cancer? If so, what type of treatment is the client undergoing? This is important for many reasons. For example, if the client is undergoing radiation treatments, lubricants should not be applied on the areas to be irradiated. The substances in the lubricants can block the delivery of the radiation rays. Additionally, with certain types of chemotherapy, the therapist must wear gloves if the client has received the medication within 24 hours prior to the treatment. If gloves are not worn, the medication can be transferred from the client’s skin to the therapist’s skin.

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