Study Shows Massage Helps Ease Arthritis Pain, Improve Mobility Patients with arthritis in their knees experienced significant improvement in pain and mobility after undergoing a weekly, whole-body massage for two months, according to a study led by researchers at Duke Health.
I am happy to be one of the participating licensed massage therapists in this study of the effectiveness of massage for the relief of pain in palliative care patients. Starting soon at Washington Hospital Center in DC.
Study Finds FIrst Possible Drug Treatment for Lymphedema Now there’s new hope for a possible pharmaceutical treatment for patients. A study led by scientists at the Stanford University School of Medicine has uncovered for the first time the molecular mechanism responsible for triggering lymphedema, as well as a drug with the potential for inhibiting that process.
Dana Farber Cancer Institute Can Daily Low Dose Aspirin Prevent Some Cancers?
Studies show Massage Therapy helps - link to multiple massage studies showing the benefits of massage therapy to decrease cancer treatment side affects, massage therapy benefits blood pressure, massage therapy decreases pain in fibromyalgia, massage therapy positively affects mood, massage therapy benefits infants... many studies listed.
Kathy Bates addresses the NIH symposium on the lymphatic system (September 2015).
Some great information in this video about lymphedema treatment done by an MD who has lymphedema.
Help with Chemo Brain by Suzy Cohen, pharmacist.
An article about "prehab" - getting fit before cancer treatment - Regarding exercise, are we doing too much in oncology backwards? ..."If patients are willing to have their bodies ravaged by surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy, all of which can decrease physical function, then it shouldn’t be too much to do 30 minutes of walking a day, however one wants to carve that time up, as a part of cancer treatment plans or at least as a part of survivorship care planning. With better planning prior to first treatment maybe exercise can improve cancer treatments and reduce treatment side effects, including cancer related fatigue, which appears to be more debilitating than we thought. "
Is it safe to Take Antioxidants During Chemo and Radiation?
Is your oncology massage therapist properly trained? Check this article
Interesting presentation about lymph node transfers for lymphedema.
Here's a short exellent video the importance of food during treatment for cancer and to maintain good health Chef Laura Pole
Important information about skin infections - they affect people with and without lymphedema.
Washington Post Article - How to Get Healthy After the Cancer Treatments are Done
..."No hospital sends a stroke patient home without a detailed plan to help them regain as much of their normal functioning as possible. Yet cancer patients are routinely released with no guidance on how to deal with the impairments that may linger after their treatment is done. “A lot of cancer survivors feel ditched after treatment,” says Catherine Alfano, deputy director of the Office of Cancer Survivorship at the National Cancer Institute.
Research shows that cancer rehabilitation can help people reduce disability and improve their functioning, yet too few cancer survivors get such care, says Julie Silver, a physician and associate professor at Harvard Medical School. She encountered the problem herself after undergoing rigorous treatment for breast cancer in 2003. Afterward, she felt abandoned.
Recognizing an unmet need, Silver launched the Survivorship, Training and Rehab program. STAR helps hospitals and other health-care facilities develop cancer rehabilitation programs that coordinate care among diverse providers. The programs are tailored to each person and their cancer, whether it’s breast, lung, prostate or something else." ...
Efficacy of manual lymphatic drainage in preventing secondary lymphedema after breast cancer surgery The results reported in a recent study published in the Journal of Lymphology1 emphasized the significant effect of Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) in preventing the onset of secondary lymphedema of the upper extremity on the operated side following breast cancer surgery. The study showed that prophylactic application of MLD administered immediately following breast cancer surgery helped to prevent or considerably alleviate secondary lymphedema of the arm irrespective of the method of breast cancer treatment.
Lymphatic Drainage found to be more effective for those suffering from fibromyalgia than regular massage. NIH Study Abstract
March 2012 Wall Street Journal article: ... "Research over the past couple of years has found that massage therapy boosts immune function in women with breast cancer, improves symptoms in children with asthma, and increases grip strength in patients with carpal tunnel syndrome. Giving massages to the littlest patients, premature babies, helped in the crucial task of gaining weight.
The benefits go beyond feelings of relaxation and wellness that people may recognize after a massage. The American College of Physicians and the American Pain Society now include massage as one of their recommendations for treating low back pain, according to guidelines published in 2007. " ...
February 2012 Fat injection & reconstruction shows promise after radiation - article from ModernMedicine.com
December 2011 - Excellent article from Cure Magazine Medical Debt: An Unspoken Side Effect of Cancer Care be sure to click on the link for "Resources to Ease the Financial Burden of Cancer".
November 30, 2011 from the Pediatric Pain Letter - Massage for Pain Relief in Pediatric Palliative Care
November 14, 2011 small Sloan Kettering study on acupuncture and lymphedema.
Breast cancer study shows exercise is the best antidote for fatigue: article from Ohio State University
July 2011 from the Annals of Internal Medicine a randomized controlled massage study. Conclusion - "Massage therapy may be effective for treatment of chronic back pain, with benefits lasting at least 6 months." Here's the full article
June 20, 2011 NY Times Lymph node transplants may help lymphedema article
Dating after Cancer article.
May 23, 2011 The Independent 24 hour water fast is good for your heart.
Bedside Manner: The Case for Compassion by Larry Dossey MD.
MD Anderson - The Benefits of Oncology Massage