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Program testimonials

Inpatient massage


I would have oncology massage again tomorrow. On a daily basis if I could. It really helps me. Irvine Douglas Hospital, University of California, Irvine


This massage helped me tremendously. It helped with the anxiety and the discomfort in my legs. A huge thank you! Irvine Douglas Hospital, University of California, Irvine


The massage is so relaxing and helpful for me and I really like this program. I would like to have massage anytime they provide it. Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, Long Beach, CA


The massage was an appreciated and beneficial adjunct treatment to the collaborative care I have received. The benefit was not only physical but also emotional. The soothing nature was comforting in a distressing time. Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center, Fountain Valley, CA


Thank you so much for the massage, it was very calming and relaxing. I wish all of my hospital stays could have been like this. Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center, Fountain Valley, CA


I am 48 years old and have chronic back pain and was severely uncomfortable in the hospital bed and taking Norco. My back was hurting really bad. Then, in came a massage therapist into my room named Sarah. She was extremely attentive. She made my body feel better and more comfortable. Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center, Fountain Valley, CA


This program is amazing for the patients to be able to become relaxed while away from their home and families. It really helps a patient to relax if their diagnosis is not good. I believe this program is amazing. It’s like there’s hope and light at the end of a dark day. Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center, Fountain Valley, CA


Very impressed with the massage therapist services and encourage this type of service for all patients. Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center, Fountain Valley, CA





“For some of our patients, oncology massage is the only thing they look forward to. For many patients, even those given pain medications, oncology 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

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Spa Day Retreat


One of the unexpected aspects of cancer is how very much a simple touch results in constant unremitting pain. Everything seems to hurt– friendly hugs, doctor’s examinations – everything hurts, and the cancer patient has to slowly build back to that trust that a touch will feel good again, that a hug won’t hurt in the bones. Imagine what a sweet and strong experience to feel the warmth and power of your hands – and instead of pain, I felt euphoric, relaxed and hopeful. I feel so wonderful that your spa’s program and your generosity will benefit so many who yearn for just a moment’s peace from the pain. Thank you. Sarah B.


Your commitment to this program is unique and means more than I can express. It is so easy to get caught up in daily routine and cancer stress that I rarely take the time to relax, rejuvenate and most important – focus on healing! Jean B.


I was very apprehensive about doing this with my health limitations. But every need was addressed and this turned out to be one of the most enjoyable days I’ve spent since being diagnosed. Thank you for such a sweet and very special and appreciated day. Barbara G.


So many thanks for the gift of your time and wonderful touch of your hands. I can honestly say the “whole day” was the best thing to happen to me this year! I truly was very relaxed after the massage you gave me – it was awesome!” Thank you again and again! Patty G.


July SDR Program: I have been suffering with headaches and neck, shoulder and joint pains since Jan. 25th, until your wonderful massage.  I cannot tell you how much I appreciate you. I am so thankful that you took your time and gave me some comfort. Pattie J.


What can I say – ‘thank you’ doesn’t really say it. I can’t remember a more enjoyable morning than Monday. I came home feeling so relaxed and calm – ready to just deal with anything. This service you provide cancer survivors is so wonderful and deeply appreciated. Jacque D.M.






Client clinic testimonials

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Infusion Center Massage

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Infusion Center Massage, Patient Testimonial

John K., St. Joseph Hospital of Orange, California


I had the good fortune to have Ruth Mulligan provide me with oncology massages on my feet during my recent chemo sessions at St. Joseph Hospital of Orange for base-of-tongue cancer. I didn't know what to expect, but after the first session, I definitely wanted to make it part of every chemo day routine. I asked the nurse for atavan as a way to deal with anxiety, and that helped in its own way, but pharmaceutical products tend to take you away from yourself.


Ruth's massage technique had a way of opening secret little doors of peace and strength inside me and I would later call upon my memory of the experience when I was strapped to the radiation table. A mask over my head was bolted to the table to keep my head immobile, which is a weird, claustrophobic experience.


Thinking back on the effects of the foot massages helped me center myself in a good place for the radiation sessions. I highly recommend oncology massage to others going through the challenging process of battling cancer.