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Massage Therapy 

Massage Therapy
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Massage Therapy
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Lisa W. Corbin

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199329724.003.0012
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date: 20 October 2019

Chapter 12 discusses massage therapy, including its potential benefits for patients in all stages of cancer treatment, that the use of massage therapy, with specific precautions in certain situations, is safe for patients with cancer, how the most robust research supports benefits for lymphedema and anxiety, that massage may be helpful for improved postoperative wound healing, sleep, pain, fatigue, constipation, and improved immune function, and that physicians caring for patients with cancer should ask all patients about the use of massage, consider recommending massage for anxiety, distress, and lymphedema, and help guide the patient to a qualified massage therapist.

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