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 32-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

Course Details

Dates and Times
Live Online – CLASS FULL
March 13-14 & 20-21
Mondays and Tuesdays
10am to 5pm PST
In-Person, Sacramento, CA
September 22-23-24

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Friday, Saturday, Sunday

9am to 6pm
Live Online
November  6-7 & 13-14

Mondays and Tuesdays
10am to 5pm PST

Class Cost

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

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, 32CE oncology massage
  • Board of Registered Nursing, California, 21 contact hours
  • Society for Oncology Massage

In addition to the 24CE certificate you receive for the Oncology Massage foundation program, you will also receive a 8CE Oncology Massage Clinical Implications certificate for self paced independent study.

For the Live Online program there are 6-hours of required pre class preparation that need to be completed 3-days before the start of your course, and 2-hours on intersession course work.

For the In Person program there are 8-hours of required pre class preparation that need to be completed 3-days before the start of your course.

This self paced online-accessible material includes videos, quizzes and flashcard exercises, and will be shared with you 6-weeks before your class start date

  • 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

Professionally licensed massage therapists who complete this Greet The Day Oncology Massage Foundation program will be eligible to register as Preferred Practitioners with the Society for Oncology Massage.

Estheticians, it is hoped that a referral agency of equal credibility for professionally licensed, oncology trained, skin care specialists will be available before the new year. Stay posted for news on GTD Instagram.

In Person program: On the last day of class therapists provide an oncology massage for someone in or with a history of cancer treatment.

Live Online program: The live online also program includes supervised hands-on work during the class practicals. With forethought on table positioning and camera angle therapists have found this easy to set up.

During Day 1 and Day 2 you will be required to work with your Body Buddy set up. For Day 3 you have the option of working with your Body Buddy or arranging for a human model (friend, family, neighbor) who is NOT a cancer patient/survivor for your hands-on practicals.

For the Day 4 class practical we ask that you arrange for a human model (friend, family, neighbor) who is NOT a cancer patient/survivor for your final class practical. The time commitment for your Day 4 human model class practical is 60-minutes, starting at 2pm PST.

For therapists who would like to participate in a professional development client clinic program the next Oncology Client Clinic is scheduled for March 2024 in Santa Ana CA. For more information link here.

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