From mid-September, the Wellbeing Centre will be offering an Oncology Massage service for Peter Mac patients on Wednesdays and Fridays.
What is Oncology Massage?
Oncology Massage is a form of massage modified to meet the specific needs of people living with cancer. You might be newly diagnosed, undergoing treatment at Peter Mac or in survivorship.
Who will be providing this service?
Ronna Moore (pictured above) is a qualified massage therapist with specialist training through Oncology Massage Training Australia. This means she is trained to understand the side effects of cancer treatments and identify any medical reasons a patient should not be receiving massage at a particular time. She takes into account pressure, speed, duration and location of treatment to ensure both your safety and the best outcome from each session.
The primary goal is to foster comfort, relaxation and a sense of wellbeing. This may include relief from pain, nausea, sleeplessness or anxiety. It may also mean a time for your body and mind to rest and recharge.
It is known to be a safe and effective treatment.
What can patients expect at a session?
- A chat with the therapist about your medical history, treatment or any symptoms or side effects you might be experiencing. This is to ensure that the massage provided is right for how you’re feeling on the day.
- A light pressure massage guided by your priorities and preferences
- A private and quiet space within the Wellbeing Centre
- Massage through clothing or directly onto the skin
- Massage in multiple areas of the body or with just a single focus, for example, the neck and shoulder
- A comfortable massage table or chair with towels provided
It is important to remember that oncology massageis not deep tissue massage.
Will the therapist have access to medical information?
Yes. At booking, we will ask for your patient UR number. This will enable the therapist to access relevant information in order to provide a massage that is suited to your needs.
Do patients need a referral?
We suggest you discuss your intention to access this service with your treating doctor or nurse consultant to ensure there are no medical reasons for why you cannot have a massage.
How much does it cost?
The first session is free of charge and thereafter is offered at the subsidised rate of $35.
Bookings and more information
Bookings can be made via email [email protected]or by phone 03 8559 6260.
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