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Medicine Hands Therapists Workbook and Journal


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Table of Contents

1 Introduction: Cancer-A Part of Life 1
2 Understanding Cancer and Metastasis: Biology not Mechanics
3 Touch-Relax for Body, Mind, and Heart: A Review of the Research
4 The Side Effects of Cancer Treatment: Why The Need for a Less Demanding Approach
5 Pressure, Site, and Position: An Organizational Framework
6 Gathering Information: An Essential Part of the Massage Session
7 First Do No Harm: Adjusting for the Common Side Effects of Cancer Treatment
8 The New Normal: The Role of Massage During Recovery
9 Living Beyond Cancer: Considerations for Survivors
10 Side Effects of Cancer: Disease-Related Adjustments
11 Being is Enough: Comforting Touch at the End of Life
12 Massage as Respite: Caring for the Caregivers
13 Companions on the Journey: Who Gives? Who Receives?

About the Author

Gayle MacDonald, MS, LMT, supervises massage therapists in the oncology units of Oregon Health and Science University. She is also the author of "Medicine Hands: Massage Therapy for People with Cancer and Massage for the Hospital Patient and Medically Frail Client". For more info see:

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