I was intersted in this topic some 3-4 yrs ago. Had chemo,WLE x 2 ANC and rads, I continue on AI. The McMillan centre where I had my rads offered 4 complementary treatments to choose from and I had 4 x aromatherapy massages.
I researched quite a bit at the time as I wanted to go on an all inclusive hols which offered 1 spa treatment a day inc these massages.
My Onc and BCN were very clear that there wasn't a problem. A close friend is a beauty therapist trainer and says that when she trained she was taught that the lymph system could swish the cancer cells around the body!! But has updated her tarining since. However my Onc ( from a very reputable cancer centre) poo pooed this and was very positive that massage could be beneficial. I feel very confident with his opinion.
I have gentle aromatherapy massages and facials when on my 'spa' type hols.I do not like the massages that leave me feeling like my skeleton has been re-arranged.
I do not offer the info about BC though ( that is my decision ) and you may like to mention this as you see fit. J x
I started having regular massages again after my rads was finished. (Had WLE, ANC, chemo and rads to breast and superclav). At first we stayed well away from the affected areas, but gradually we have been gently beginning to touch the "bad" arm. So far, no problem and the good results of the massage have certainly been beneficial. I think the problem is not that you might move cancer cells around, but that a lymphatic system which has been mucked around with should not be overstimulated as that might promote swelling. There are specialist physio who actually do lymphatic drainage massage and work on cording. As I have some of the latter, I have been trying -- unsuccessfully -- to get my Surgeon to refer me to one. I would just like to know what it is they do that is different from regular massage!
I'd be interested in any replies to this as well - not that I have anything as exciting as a spa tripped planned but hopefully in the future....
My friend has told me I shouldn't even have a facial as these often involve massage of the neck, including the lymph glands there!
By the way, I also parted company with a large area of skin after my radiotherapy and was prescribed flamazine cream which worked wonderfully.