Review of Mosby’s Pathology for Massage Therapists, by Salvo and Anderson.

In today’s society, everyone knows someone who has been directly or indirectly affected by at least one type of cancer- the uncontrollable growth of abnormal cells that form a tumor. It is the second highest cause of death in the United States, second to heart disease. Incidences of different kinds of cancer vary by age, gender, ethnicity and location (Salvo, 312).

Page 324 discussed the general guidelines for massage therapists when working with cancer patients. Although many of us are familiar with cancer, there are certain precautions and considerations that need to be taken into account when working with a client with cancer. I feel that one of the most important points was the idea of being educated about the type of cancer and the treatments which the client is undergoing. Overall, discussing the client’s needs and level of comfort with the massage is crucial for an effective treatment plan. “The massage therapist needs to ask the client exactly what symptoms and quality of those symptoms the client is experiencing each time the client receives a massage treatment so that the massage therapist can tailor the treatment based on the client’s needs.” Also of importance is accepting the client’s appearance and remaining professional and considerate, as this is respectful to the client and what he/she is going through. These considerations remain true for all of the various cancers presented, and thus I felt were the most pertinent part of the chapter.

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