Cancer information / Diagnosis and treatment / Complementary therapies / Massage therapy

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Collinge W, MacDonald G, & Walton T. Massage in supportive cancer care. (2012, February). Seminars in Oncology Nursing. Elsevier. 28(1): pp. 45-54.

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Falkensteiner M, Mantovan F, Muller I, & Them C. The use of massage therapy for reducing pain, anxiety, and depression in oncological palliative care patients: a narrative review of the literature. (2011). ISRN Nursing. Hindawi Publishing Corporation. Article ID 929868 (doi:10.5402/2011/929868).

Fellowes, D., Barnes, K., & Wilkinson, S. Aromatherapy and massage for symptom relief in patients with cancer. The Cochrane Collaboration. (2004). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons. Issue 3.

Karagozoglu S, & Kahve E.. Effects of back massage on chemotherapy-related fatigue and anxiety: Supportive care and therapeutic touch in cancer nursing. (2013). Applied Nursing Research. Elsvier. pii: S0897-1897(13)00070-0. doi: 10.1016/j.apnr.2013.07.002..

Lee MS. Lee EN, & Ernst E. Massage therapy for breast cancer patients: a systematic review. (2011, June). Annals of Oncology. Oxford University Press. 22(6): pp.1459-1461 (doi:10.1093/annonc/mdr147).

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM). (2014, February). Massage Therapy for Health Purposes: What You Need to Know. Bethesda, MD: National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM). Retrieved from:

Sagar, S. M., Dryden, E., & Wong, R. K. Massage therapy for cancer patients: a reciprocal relationship between body and mind. (2007, April). Current Oncology. Milton, ON: Multimed Inc. 14(2): pp. 45-56. (PMID: 17576465).

Toth M, Marcantonio ER, Davis RB, et al. Massage therapy for patients with metastatic cancer: a pilot randomized controlled trial. (2013). Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine. New Rochdale, NY: Mary Ann Leibert, Inc. 19(7):650-6. doi: 10.1089/acm.2012.0466. (PMID: 23368724).

Ulbricht C, Cohen L, Lee R. Complementary, alternative, and integrative therapies in cancer care. Devita, V. T., Jr., Lawrence, T. S., & Rosenberg, S. A. (2011). Cancer: Principles & Practice of Oncology. (9th Edition). Philadelphia: Lippincott, Willams, Wilkins. 181.