Oncology Massage




Learn about the changing needs of oncology clients during active cancer treatment, recovery and survivorship, and prepare with knowledge and the hands on skills to provide safe therapeutic massage and skin care for clients in or with a history of cancer treatment. This 24-hour core curriculum program is a necessity for massage therapists and estheticians.

When you look at cancer statistics and realize how many people live with the short and long term side effects of cancer treatment you realize that means that all licensed therapists, everywhere, should know this important information.

Join us in class to learn about

♦  Primary clinical considerations relevant to providing safe massage and skin care treatments for people in cancer treatment or a history thereof.

♦  How to modify and customize your massage or facial for oncology clients.

♦  Site, positioning and pressure modifications that pertain to medical devices, surgical procedures and drug treatment side effects.

♦  Product choices to safely treat the skin and address skin side effects caused by cancer treatments.

In a supervised class setting practice


Client intake and consultation live online with oncology clients and simulated case studies for competency development.

Your hands on modifications while working with your Greet The Day Body Buddy

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Course Details

Dates and Times
Live Online 2022
Nov 7-8 & 14-15
Mondays and Tuesdays
10am to 5pm PST
Live Online 2023
March 13-14 & 20-21
Mondays and Tuesdays
10am to 5pm PST

Class Cost

$495 early enrollment valid until 60-days before class starts
$545 standard enrollment thereafter

Classes usually scheduled at Hoag Cancer Center, Newport Beach, CA

This course is offered to licensed massage therapists, estheticians, RN, Nurse Aides and allied healthcare professionals, or by special permission of the instructor.

  • NCBTMB, National Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, 24CE
  • Board of Registered Nursing, California, 21 contact hours
  • Society for Oncology Massage
  • Oncology Massage: An integrative approach to cancer care, Janet Penny & Rebecca Sturgeon
  • Medicine Hands: Massage Therapy for People with Cancer 3rd Edition, by Gayle MacDonald, MS, LMT
  • Medical Conditions and Massage Therapy: A Decision Tree Approach, by Tracy Walton
  • Dr. Lacouture’s Skin Care Guide for People Living With Cancer, Mario E. Lacouture

In Medicine Hands 3rd Edition focus on
Chapter 4: The Side Effects of Cancer Treatment: Why The Need for a Less Demanding Approach
Chapter 5: Pressure, Site and Position: An Organizational Framework
Chapter 6: Gathering Information: An Essential Part of the Massage Session
Chapter 7: First Do No Harm: Adjusting for the Common Side Effects of Cancer Treatments
Chapter 8: The New Normal: The Role of Massage During Recovery

Join this Class


Review Enrollment Policy before registering



Complete the online Registration Form



Pay class fee


Become an Oncology Massage Preferred Practitioner

Professionally licensed therapists who complete this 24-hour Society for Oncology Massage approved foundation program are able to enroll in the 5-hour GTD Client Clinic.

Massage therapists who complete the GTD Client Clinic program are eligible to register as Preferred Practitioners with the Society for Oncology Massage.

Estheticians, rumor has it that an appropriate referral agency for professionally licensed skin care specialists will be available before the new year. Stay posted for news on GTD Instagram.