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Clinical Papers

These articles address clinical work with people with cancer, including massage and exercise.

Alexander D. Deep vein thrombosis and massage therapy. Massage Therapy Journal Spring 1993:56-63.

Alexander-Gregory J. Feeding the skin: skin care therapist finds creative way to help friend with cancer. Massage & Bodywork Aug/Sep 2001:62-67.

Barnes JF. Pain relief for the cancer patient. PT & OT Today Apr 29, 1996:18-19.

Bedell M, et al. Can massage cause metastasis? Position paper written by staff of Norris Cotton Cancer Center, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, 1996.

Bredin M. Breast cancer reconstructive rehabilitation: psychological overview. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies 1999;3(1):16-19.

Calenda E. Massage therapy for cancer pain. Current Pain and Headache Reports 2006;10:270-274.

Carrington J. A touch of hope: a caregivers survival guide. Orlando: You First Publications 2005.

Chamness A. Massage therapy and persons living with cancer some basic information for the massage therapist. Massage Therapy Journal Summer 1993:53-64.

Chamness A. Breast cancer and massage therapy. Massage Therapy Journal Winter 1996:44-47.

Chapman C. Lymphedema 101: what every therapist should know. Massage Therapy Journal Winter 2001;39(4):86-89.

Chapman C. Cancer vs. HIV/AIDS: a comparative overview. Massage Therapy Journal Fall 2000:107-110.

Chapman C, Kennedy E. Mastectomy massage. Massage Therapy Journal Fall 2000:91-99.

Chikly B. Post-mastectomy care and lymph drainage therapy. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies 1999;3(1):11-16.

Chikly B. Lymph drainage therapy an effective complement to breast care. Massage & Bodywork Jun/Jul 2001:33,36,38-39,42-43.

Curties D. Cancer therapies. Massage Therapy Journal Winter 2001;39(4):80-85.

Curties D. Could massage promote cancer metastasis? Journal of Soft Tissue Manipulation April/May 1994:3-6. Reprinted in Massage Therapy Journal Fall 2000;39(3):83-88.

Curties C. Massage therapy & cancer care. Massage Therapy Canada Summer 2006:7-13.

Dalton J, Toomey T, Workman M. Pain relief for cancer patients. Cancer Nursing 1988;11(6):322-328.

Damsky DD. Deep vein thrombosis in the patient with cancer. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing 2002;6(1):43-46.

Davis MA, Taylor JA. A case of vertebral metastasis with pathologic c2 fracture. Journal of Manipulative Physiological Therapeutics 2007 Jul-Aug;30 (6):466-71.

DeLany JW. Breast cancer reconstructive rehabilitation. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies 1999;3(1):3-4.

DeLany JW. Neuromuscular therapy treatment in post-mastectomy care. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies 3(1):5-10.

Dunn T. Massage therapy guidelines for hospital and home care. (3e), Derby, CT: Planetree 1996. Available by calling 203 732 1365 or writing Planetree at 130 Division Street, Derby, CT 06418.

Durak E, Lilly P, Seligsen S. A wellness program for cancer patients: a mind/body approach to conditioning. Somatics 1996-1997:42-48.

Eliska O, Eliskova M. Are peripheral lymphatics damaged by high pressure manual massage? Lymphology 1995;28(1):21-30.

Feldman J. Diane's story: the benefits of holistic massage for one breast cancer patient. Massage & Bodywork Dec/Jan 2000:24-28.

Finch M. Care through touch: massage as the art of anointing. New York: Continuum 1999.

Foldi E. Massage and damage to lymphatics. Lymphology 1995;28:1-3.

Gerber L, Vargo M. Rehabilitation for patients with cancer diagnoses. Rehabilitation Medicine: Principles and Practice, Third Edition. 1998:1293-1317.

Groopman J. Annals of medicine: a healing hell. New Yorker Oct 19, 1998:34-39.

Gupta S. Just what the doctor ordered: a massage. TIME October 22, 2008.

Harmer V. Breast cancer-related lymphoedema: risk factors and treatment. Br J Nurs. 2009 Feb 12-25;18(3):166-72.

Hopkins BA. One man's massage journey. Massage & Bodywork Feb/Mar 2007:44-49.

Jackson K. Reiki: rising star in complementary cancer care. Radiology Today 2003;4(10):10-13.

Kerr C, et al. Cortical dynamics as a therapeutic mechanism for touch healing. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine 2007;13(1):59-66.

King CR. Nonpharmacologic management of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting. Oncology Nursing Forum Supplement 1997:24(7)41-48.

King P. [Interview with]. Interview with AMTA foundation grantee Pauline King. Massage Therapy Journal;36(1): Winter 1997:117-120.

Kirby P. Real-world examples: cancer treatment programs offer massage. Massage Magazine Mar/Apr 2000;84:80-82.

Laizner AM, Lussier L, Joly C, Chabot L. Massage therapy: specialized supportive care available I Quebec for people diagnosed with cancer and their families. Onco-Nursing 2006;18(1):23-28.

Lussier L. Unique program for children with cancer. Massage Therapy Canada Summer 2006:14-17.

MacDonald G. The progression of oncology massage: difficult lessons learned. Massage & Bodywork May/June 2011:32-9.

MacDonald G. Easing cancer's side effects with massage. Coping Jan/Feb 2000:44.

MacDonald G. Dispelling the myths about metastasis. Medicine Hands: Massage Therapy for People with Cancer,1999, Chap 2:9-22.

MacDonald G. Cancer, radiation & massage: the benefits and cautions. Massage & Bodywork Aug/Sept 2001:16-32.

MacDonald G. How Cancer spreads. Massage Therapy Journal Winter 2001;39(4):74-78.

MacDonald G. A vacation from cancer. Massage & Bodywork Apr/May 2007:56-66.

MacDonald G. Massage for cancer patients undergoing radiation treatment: the benefits and cautions. Massage & Bodywork Aug/Sep 2001:16-32.

MacDonald G. Bodywork for cancer patients: the need for a less-demanding approach. Massage & Bodywork Jun/Jul 2005:16-26.

MacDonald G. Easing the chemotherapy experience with massage. Massage Magazine Mar/Apr 2000;(84):985-91.

Malloy J. Do the benefits of massage outweigh the risks? Massage Therapy Journal Winter 2001;39(4):60-73.

Manzulli S. Bodywork and visualization therapy for breast cancer clients. Massage & Bodywork Aug/Sep 2001:36-47.

Mathis E. The effects of massage therapy in symptom management for a patient undergoing chemotherapy for cancer. MassageTherapyPractice.com, May/Jun 2007. Click here for an abstract.

McConnellogue K. The courage to touch: massage and cancer. Massage and Bodywork Quarterly Dec/Jan 2000:13-20.

McGowan K. Use caution when treating radiated people with cancer. Letter to the editor, Massage Therapy Journal Spring 2001;40(1):15-18.

Meziere Y. Breast cancer: how massage aids recovery. Massage Magazine Sep/Oct 2001:66-77.

Miner W. Training massage therapists to work in oncology. Journal of the Society for Integrative Oncology Fall 2007;5(4):163-166.

Mowen K. Embraced by water: water fitness for breast cancer survivors. Massage & Bodywork Aug/Sep 2001:52-59.

Nelson D. Massage in hospices. Massage Therapy Journal Spring 2002:40-55.

Reubottom A. (letter to editor) Massage during the cancer crisis. Journal of Soft Tissue Manipulation 1999;7(2):3.

Rose MK. The gift of touch: comfort touch-massage for the elderly and the chronically and terminally ill. Reach the author at 3003 Valmont Road, #71, Boulder, CO 80301-2142. Available at 303.449.3945
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Rose MK. The art of the chart ? documenting massage therapy with CARE notes. Massage and Bodywork April/May 2003:1-5.

Schwanz M. Massage makes its mark at memorial sloan-kettering hospital. Massage Therapy Journal. Fall 2000;39(3):100-106.

Stevensen C. The role of shiatsu in palliative care. Complementary Thearpies in Nursing & Midwifery 1995:1,51-58.

Thiagarajan, K. Post-mastectomy massage. Massage Magazine October 2006;125:82-88.

Vanderbilt C. Cancer and human connection: the making of an oncology massage therapist. Massage & Bodywork Jun/Jul 2005:30-38.

Vanderbilt S. A good foot rub: easing cancer pain and anxiety. Massage and Bodywork June/July 2001:96-99.

Versagi CM. A prescription for touch: oncology massage finds acceptance in US hospitals. Massage Magazine October 2006;125:73-81.

Versagi CM. Like a summer wind: manual lymph drainage helps those with lymphedema. Massage Magazine Sep/Oct 2001:78-87.

Walton T. Know What You Are Dealing With: Radiation Therapy and Massage. Massage Today Dec 2013;13(12).

Walton T. Searching for Simple Rules in Massage and Cancer Care. Massage Today Oct 2013;13(10).

Walton T. Help for Hospital-Based Massage Therapy. Massage Today Jan 2013;13(01).

Walton T. In Memoriam: Dianne Polseno. Massage Today Oct 2012;12(10).

Walton T. The Importance of Remembering Gentleness. Massage Today Apr 2012;12(04).

Walton T. Chemotherapy and massage: 11 questions to ask your client. Massage & Bodywork May/June 2011:40-9.

Walton T. The author's path. Massage & Bodywork May/June 2011:40-9.

Walton T. Pediatric Massage Study Finds Surprising Results. Massage Today Dec 2010;10(12).

Walton T. The Second Oncology Massage Healing Summit. Massage Today Aug 2010;10(08).

Walton T. Cancer, Treatment and Detoxification. Massage Today Feb 2010;10(02).

Walton T. Learning and Unlearning. Massage Today Dec 2009;9(12).

Walton T. Facing down the mystery. Massage Today Aug 2009;9(8).

Walton T. Rest, warrior. Massage Today Jun 2009;9(6).

Walton T. Cancer treatment, massage, and wholeness. Massage Today Apr 2009;9(4).

Walton T. A Tribute to an Oncology Massage Advocate. Massage Today Nov 2008;8(11).

Walton T. The society for oncology massage makes its debut. Massage Today June 2008;8(6):10.

Walton T. Massage for Caregivers. Massage Today Apr 2008;8(04).

Walton T. Companionship in cancer care. Massage Today Nov 2007;7(11).

Walton T. The First Oncology Massage Healing Summit. Massage Today Aug 2007;7(08).

Walton T. Meeting the Emotional Challenges of Oncology Massage. Massage Today Jun 2007;7(06).

Walton T. Mapping it out: a decision tree can help you navigate complex massage contraindications. Massage Therapy Journal Summer 2007.

Walton T. Learning from the Largest Study on Cancer and Massage. Massage Today Feb 2007;7(02).

Walton T. A Study of Foot Massage and Cancer Symptoms. Massage Today Nov 2006;6(11).

Walton T. Cancer and massage: contraindications and cancer treatment. Massage Therapy Journal Fall 2006;45(3):119-135.

Walton T. Cancer and massage: essential contraindications. Massage Therapy Journal Summer 2006;45(2):119-135.

Walton T. Developments in Oncology Massage. Massage Today Aug 2006;6(08).

Walton T. A Study on Massage and Symptom Relief. Massage Today May 2006;6(05).

Walton T. Medical Conditions in Massage Practice, Part III: Interviewing for Medications. Massage Today Aug 2005;5(08).

Walton T. Medical Conditions in Massage Practice, Part II: The Client in a Physician's Care. Massage Today Jul 2005;5(07).

Walton T. Medical Conditions in Massage Practice: Intake Forms and Questions, Part I. Massage Today Jun 2005;5(06).

Walton T. Contraindications to massage, part 2: taking a health history. Massage Therapy Journal Winter 1999;37(4):70-92.

Walton T. Contraindications to massage therapy: part 1 roadblocks on the way to consensus. Massage Therapy Journal Summer 1998;37(2):108-112.

Walton T. Clinical thinking and cancer. Massage Therapy Journal Fall 2000:66-80.

Williams D. Touching cancer patients: guidelines for massage therapists. Massage Magazine Mar/Apr 2000;84:74-79.

Zuther, J. Is there a role for traditional massage therapy in the treatment and management of lymphedema? Lymph Link - Newsletter of National Lymphedema Nework Apr/Jun 2001:3-4.