Cancer

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Cancer is becoming more common in this country by the day. As a result, the amount of cancer patients receiving massage therapy is also on the rise. When a therapist begins seeing a patient with cancer, the therapist needs to find out what treatment the client is taking for the cancer, if any at all. If the patient is undergoing treatment, the therapist needs to modify massage according to the type of treatment being administered. Comfort is a big issue, as is energy level of the patient. Massage therapy should be administered when the patient is the most likely to be having a high energy level day, such as on days when the patient is not receiving treatment. In general, the massage therapist should be especially aware of any abnormalities that present during therapy sessions and seek the approval of the physician treating the cancer if the patient presents with any unusual symptoms.

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