"Knowing what to do, when to do it and why." Each of the following common cancer-related conditions (and others) require important adjustments be made for the client's comfort and/or safety. The massage therapist must know what particular information to gather from the client and then know how to make the corresponding adjustments.
The specific appliances, conditions and complications listed below are not things thare are covered in typical massage therapy training in the United States. Many massage therapists are taught "It's only massage. It can't hurt." Few things could be further from the truth, but many massage therapists don't understand the realities of just how wrong that statement can be.
Every country is different, however. Some countries require comprehensive training for massage therapists such that they approach massage therapy with a knowledge base not unlike that of nurses. The United States is not one of those countries.
Anemia (low red blood count)
Ascites (fluid in the abdomen)
Bone Metastasis (spread of cancer to bones)
Breast Expander or Implant
Colostomy / Iliostomy / Jejunostomy / Urostomy
Deep Vein Thrombosis
Immunosupression (immune compromised)
Leukopenia (low white blood count)
Lymph Node Enlargement
Lymph Node Removal
Lymph Node Irradiation
PEG or PEJ Tube
PICC line or Port
Radiation Skin Reaction
Risk of Lymphedema
Thrombocytopenia (low platelet count)