Event Date :
September 14, 2022
12:00 PM - 01:30 PM
Venue :

This webinar session will be hosted on the Zoom platform. When you sign up for the session, RMTAO staff will send you a link and all necessary details that you can use to access the webinar 'room'.

Pricing and Registration
Member Rate
Early Bird, Oncology Massage: Working with people during and after cancer treatment    $20.00 Add to Cart (Regular $30.00)
Non-Member Rate
Early Bird, Oncology Massage: Working with people during and after cancer treatment    $30.00 Add to Cart (Regular $40.00)

There are over 200 types of cancer and 2 in 5 Canadians are expected to develop cancer over their lifetime, with 1 in 4 dying of the disease (source: Canadian Cancer Society). Treatment of cancer can cause difficult complications that affect soft tissue, range of motion, function, fatigue, and mood, and massage therapy can offer great relief of these symptoms.

In this webinar, we will:

*offer an introduction to oncology massage, beginning with the pathology of cancer and metastasis and outdated beliefs around cancer and massage;
*discuss common side effects to chemotherapy, radiation, and hormone therapy and how to work with someone currently in treatment;
*examine complications following treatment for breast cancer, melanoma, and other common diagnoses, including scar tissue and restrictions, cording (or axillary web syndrome), lymphedema, and pain;
*explore the psycho-emotional toll on someone going through cancer treatment and the often-lingering effects on someone’s sense of self.

Learning Outcomes

  • To be familiar with common side effects to surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, hormone therapy for cancer.
  • To know cautions and contra-indications to safely offer massage therapy to someone currently going through cancer treatment, as well as effective interventions to help alleviate some side effects following treatment.
  • To be aware of the potential psycho-emotional effects of cancer treatment on an individual and how massage therapy may offer support.

CMTO STRiVE Career-Span Competencies

  • Act with professional integrity
  • Function in a client-centred manner
  • Apply the principles of sensitive practice
  • Work within areas of personal knowledge and skill
  • Maintain a safe work environment
  • Treat others respectfully
  • Practice in a manner consistent with current developments in the profession
  • Use an evidence-informed approach to your work

About the Presenters

Susan Shipton, MClSc. RMT

Susan has been a RMT in Toronto since 2012 with a practice that focuses on helping people alleviate complications related to cancer treatment. In 2015, she became a Vodder-certified combined decongestive therapist, with training in manual lymph drainage, compression, and other means to manage lymphedema. In 2021, she completed a master’s degree in advanced health care practices: interprofessional pain management through Western University. She serves as a mentor to RMTs across Canada, regularly gives presentations to health professionals, and has published articles in Massage Therapy Today.

Meaghan Mounce, BSc. RMT

Meaghan has been a registered massage therapist in British Columbia since 2011. She has also been in the fitness industry for over 15 years as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor. Meaghan has worked closely with patients who have gone through significant life changes, such as pregnancy, post-partum, stroke, cancer, and other conditions. In 2018 Meaghan was diagnosed with breast cancer at 36 years old and underwent a bilateral mastectomy and breast reconstruction and is currently on hormone therapy treatment. As a RMT and a cancer patient, Meaghan has significant experience in navigating the cancer world, as well as providing the best care to RMT patients.

Registration Deadline: Tuesday, September 13 by 9:00am.
Note: All webinars registrations are on a first-come, first-served basis due to limited capacity on total registrations per webinar. 

Contact Details:
Hariti Malhotra, RMTAO