Course Offerings

Massage for People Living with Cancer

Massage for the

Chemotherapy Infusion Patient

Curriculum by Gayle MacDonald and Annette Lovette


24 CE Hours


Course Description: This course gives massage therapists hands-on experience in a clinical setting with patients receiving treatment in a chemotherapy infusion unit. Therapists will work in two different infusion clinics, hematology malignancies and a medical oncology infusion unit that also treats patients with such conditions as MS, rheumatoid arthritis, and anemia.

    At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

    • List the benefits of massage for those receiving chemotherapy treatment

    • List the massage adaptations necessary for people undergoing chemotherapy

    • Employ standard precautions in a medical setting

    • Communicate professionally with health care staff

    •  Work around infusion unit furniture and medical devices

    • Give comfort-oriented massage to patients undergoing chemotherapy, hydration, and transfusions



  • Massage for People Living with Cancer within the last 18 months

  • Approval of instructor

  • State licensure

  • Professional liability insurance

  • CPR

  • OHSU background check and urinalysis

  • OHSU on-line learning modules

  • Current TB screening

  • Proof of immunity to mumps, measles and rubella (MMR), and chicken pox

Required reading: Chapter 3-13, Medicine Hands: Massage Therapy for People with Cancer, (3rd Ed.)

See the Class Schedule for current offerings and fees for this course.