Articles of Interest

Deep Vein Thrombosis  One of the main concerns as an oncology massage therapists is DVT’s. 

Conspiracy to End Cancer 

How not to say the wrong thing    A great article to learn where you are in the “ring theory” when you have conversations with your clients.

How Stress Affects Your Heart and Gut–  Dealing with cancer treatment is stressful.  Teaching our clients self care relaxation techniques is a life saving gift.  A gift that keeps on giving long after treatment is over.

Prednisone and other steroids  Steroids are one of the biggest concerns for working as an oncology massage therapist; long and short term affects of cancer treatment.

Contralateral Prophylactic MastectomiesA very difficult decision to make for any woman diagnosed with breast cancer.  As an oncology massage therapist we can listen with a compassionate heart as we share their journey through treatment.

Masssage, Endorphins and Sacred Cows  The more I research the more I realize what we were taught in massage school was myths that can’t be validating.  Working with oncologists I am very aware of what to share with physicians and patients about evidence-based research on massage for patients in treatment fo cancer. Great article to explain how our reciprocal relationship with our clients are stories to be told to validate what we do, but it can’t be called research.

Neuropathy, when pain is your friend  A very good article that explains why our bodies need to feel pain and the consequences when our pain pathway is damaged.  Chemotherapy can cause neuropathy and it may or may not be reversible.

They will Survive:Building a Cancer Survivorship Program As survivors live longer, with more side effects of treatment, a community of   care will develop that includes massage therapists, movement therapists and life coaches.  With special training we can make a difference.

Cancer, Radiation and MassageA concise article from Gayle MacDonald about the benefits, precautions and modifications of massage therapy for patients in treatment for cancer.

NASA – NASA Light Technology Successfully Reduces Cancer Patients’ Pain [www.linkedin.com]

A NASA technology originally developed for plant growth experiments on space shuttle missions has successfully improved the painful side effects resulting from various medical therapies

 

RIBP is essentially an incurable condition and with the absence of satisfactory treatment, emphasis is placed on symptom control and therapeutic exercises specifically addressing the maintenance of movement in the paralyzed extremity for as long as possible.

 

A very informative article about lymph edema.

 

There is no better exercise than movement in the water.  I continually strive to get my clients into the water.  Whether living with chronic pain, lymphedema or chronic fatigue, gentle water exercise works wonders for body, mind and spirit.

 

Motion is lotion to your joints and if you are inactive rest is rust to your body.  As hard as it is when you are in cancer treatment, try to stay as active as possible during your treatment schedule.

 

The Cost of Living [www.curetoday.com]

Cancer patients are living longer, but if radiation was part of their treatment, late effects may be a problem.  As an oncology massage therapist I do see the long term side effects from scar tissue and range of motion problems.

 

Finally an article that is honest and to the point about the disparity of statistics about lymphedema.

 

Is Kindness Contagious? [maketheworldhappier.blogspot.com]

Can random acts of kindness and paying it forward actually be good for your health?

 

Mindfulness is becoming more integrated into psychological therapy in the United States. Therapists have found uses for it for everything from post-traumatic stress disorder to eating disorders to anxiety. And its effectiveness for stress reduction and other benefits have been supported in scientific studies.

 

Obesity and Lymphedema [www.lymphedemablog.com]

Obesity contributes to the onset of lymphedema and often worsens the symptoms of already existing lymphedema.

A very informative article about lymph edema.

 

There is no better exercise than movement in the water.  I continually strive to get my clients into the water.  Whether living with chronic pain, lymphedema or chronic fatigue, gentle water exercise works wonders for body, mind and spirit.

 

Motion is lotion to your joints and if you are inactive rest is rust to your body.  As hard as it is when you are in cancer treatment, try to stay as active as possible during your treatment schedule.

 

The Cost of Living [www.curetoday.com]

Cancer patients are living longer, but if radiation was part of their treatment, late effects may be a problem.  As an oncology massage therapist I do see the long term side effects from scar tissue and range of motion problems.

 

Finally an article that is honest and to the point about the disparity of statistics about lymphedema.
There are times that pain medicine is vital.  Along with medications, patients are helped greatly when they incorporate complementary care such as gentle movment, visualization, deep-relaxation techniques, art therapy, massage and physical therapy.  Find a qualified healthcare professional who can help you improve the quality of your life.

 

Understanding Reflexology [www.sun-sentinel.com]

Reflexology is an ancient healing art rooted from Egypt, India and China that’s beeen rediscovered more than 100 years ago.

Troubling Tingles [www.curetoday.com]

Calming damaged nerves during and after cancer treatment.

 

Keeping the Faith [www.curetoday.com]

The day that I found this article at work was the same day I met a patient  going through radiation treatment and chemotherapy.  He had return to the church for comfort and community to help him through a very difficult journey.

Breast Stuyd Offers Hope [www.nlm.nih.gov]

Giving certain breast cancer patients estrogen-lowering drugs before surgery enhances their chances of being able to choose a breast-conserving lumpectomy instead of a full mastectomy, new research suggests.

 

With 10 years experience of working with patients and caregivers, I am not surprised with the results of this study.

 

Thrive with Hobbies [www.nyc-plus.com]

In stressful times remember the hobbies that use to help you take your mind off your worries.  Read the research behind hobbies and make time for yourself.
Research shows that combination of sunscreen, mositurizers, topical corticosteroids and the oral antibiotic doxycycline ruduces incidence of severe rash when patients are taking EGFR inhibitors.

Patient First [www.mhs.net]

I am writing to tell you about my experience with the Breast Cancer Center at Memorial Regional Hospital and the Image Recovery Center at Memorial Hospital West.

Breast Cancer in Women Under 40 [www.cancernetwork.com]

The care of young women with breast cancer requires an understanding of the relatively higher risk for recurrence faced by this patient population and the range of options and issues that must be considered

Breast Cancer in Young Women: Clinical Decision Made in the Face of Uncertainty [www.cancernetwork.com]

Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in young women, and survival rates for young women with breast cancer are lower than for older women with breast cancer. This inferior survival is seen in spite of the fact that younger women often receive more aggressive therapy, as detailed in Dr. Peppercorn’s thoughtful review

Recently I read an article titled, “Why Optimism is Powerful Medicine.”  The research was done over 8 years with 100,000 tracking heart attacks.  This research favorably reported that optimists had a 16%  lower risk of having heart attacks.

Working as an Oncology Massage Therapists, I have seem patients beside themselves with guilt because they find it difficult to be as optimistic as the person sitting next to them who is receiving so much praise because of their optimistic attitude.  So here is another research article for cancer patients that puts optimism into a healthy balance for patients.