Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease among U.S. children between infancy and Age 15.
On January 1, 2006, in the United States there were approximately 11,384,892 men and women alive who had a history of cancer of all sites — 5,168,889 men and 6,216,003 women. Survival rates for cancer have risen sharply over the past years. In the United States, more than 80 percent of children with cancer are alive 5 years after diagnosis, compared with about 62 percent in the mid-1970s.
Much of this dramatic improvement is due to the development of improved therapies at cancer centers. Reporting in the Sept. 16 Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers found that people who received massage from a licensed, specially trained therapist reported greater improvements in pain and mood symptoms than did people who received simple touch.
This module is aimed for those who wish to work with patients in the cancer journey. Oncology massage requires specific skills to adapt techniques suited for the cancer treatment. Initial diagnosis to end of life care requires an in depth understanding of technique modifications. The student will learn skills integrating modifications during the different phases of cancer treatment. The student will have a comprehensive understanding of comfort and, be able provide safe touch in a world filled with uncertainties and negative touch experiences.