Massage is thought almost universally to be a beneficial therapy. It is helpful not only physically but emotionally as well, because it soothes the soul and the mind. Massage cannot cure cancer, but it has been shown in several studies to improve quality of life and well being. There is some scientific evidence that massage enhances the immune system by increasing blood circulation. In addition, massage was shown to promote relaxation and alleviate pain and anxiety in cancer patients.
At Memorial & St. Elizabeth’s Cancer Treatment Center, a registered nurse who is also a massage therapist delivers this service to interested patients undergoing treatment. Massage therapy helps patients relax and better cope with their diagnosis and/or treatment. It also has been shown to boost self-esteem.