Safe therapeutic oncology massage and bodywork for hospitalized cancer patients. This program offers patients 20-minute massages at the bedside and on request, guidance and support for family/caregiver massage delivery. We help people connect with their loved ones beyond the use of words.
Our nationally certified oncology-trained therapists are part of an ongoing initiative to integrate holistic modalities into inpatient care.
2012 adult inpatient pilot program sponsored by a kind grant from Greener Pastures Charitable Foundation, Inc.
2014/2015 pediatric inpatient program sponsored by the Miller family
“For some of our patients their massage is the only thing they look forward to. For many patients, even those given pain medications, their massage is the only intervention that will help to alleviate pain and enhance comfort.”
Lori Akasaka, LCSW, Oncology, Irvine Douglas Hospital, University of California, Irvine
“Oncology massage is an added value to our program and benefits our patients with a holistic approach.”
Dr. Leonard Sender, Director, Clinical Oncology Services, Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of California, Irvine