Medicine Hands: Massage Therapy for People with Cancer

Author(s): Gayle McDonald

Fitness & Massage

This text sets out to debunk a pervasive health myth that massage is anathema for those suffering with cancer, which is based on the idea that cancer can metastasize as a result of massage. Claiming that this is not rooted in any science, the book presents clinical evidence that proves the opposite. Instead, it explains that touch and massage are vital to a cancer patient's health and well-being. The book offers practical guidance for health professionals and the layperson. Research is highlighted with anecdotes, stories and vignettes of cancer patients, massage therapists, caregivers, hospice workers and other health professionals. Practical information is presented on administering touch, drug-related considerations, providing care at home, and dealing with hospital and hospice situations.


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Gayle MacDonald, M.S., L.M.T., began her career as a teacher in 1973 and as a massage therapist in 1989. In 1991, she blended her two career paths. Since 1994, she has given massage to cancer patients and supervised massage therapists on the oncology units of Oregon Health and Science University. MacDonald is a frequent contributor to the three main massage journals in the US. Presently, she travels the US teaching continuing education courses in oncology massage. MacDonald is the author of Massage for the Hospital Patient and Medically Frail Client (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2005).

General Fields

  • : 9781899171774
  • : find
  • : find
  • : September 1999
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Gayle McDonald
  • : Paperback
  • : 616.9940622
  • : 192
  • : b&w photographs