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Cancer

December 1, 2010

Review of Mosby’s Pathology for Massage Therapists, 2nd edition, by Salvo and Anderson. Within the course of Dr. Johnson.

Cancer is a leading cause of death in the US. The American Cancer Society advocates for massage therapy for cancer patients to assist in comfort and improving quality of life. The leading site for cancer in women are the breast, while the prostate is the leading site for men. Another name for a tumor is neoplasm. The study of malignant tumors is called oncology. Angiogenesis is the ability of cancer cells to develop a vascular network which allows for tumor growth and access to the bloodstream. The key component for cancer cell invasion is the ability for the cancer cells to migrate. The lymphatic system and bloodstream are the most common routes used for metasis. Benefits of massage for cancer patients include boosting of the immune system, reduction or prevention of edema, decrease nausea, reduction of fatigue, assistance with quality of life and survival of skin during radiation therapy. When servicing cancer patients, it is advisable to also address any other medical conditions. Massages should be scheduled during high energy times and deep, vigorous massage should be avoided. It is vital to note for fatigue and discomfort during massage. Current methods of treatment for cancer patients include surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. The chapter concludes with an overview of types of cancer in various regions of the body.

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