Articles of Interest

Last Updated: 28/Feb/2022

Please find below articles of interest from journals & publications, as well as specialist & mainstream media.

Media Articles


The Importance of Touch
Geraldine Earle (OM4)


Oncology Massage Goes Mainstream
Medical Republic
Thursday, 22/Jul/2021

What is Oncology Massage?
Bernie Withington (OM2, Porirua, NZ)
Massage New Zealand Magazine - Issue 2, 2021, p7

My Experience as an Oncology Massage Therapist
Tess O’Toole (OM4, Christchurch, NZ)
Massage New Zealand Magazine - Issue 2, 2021, p9

A Personal Journey to a Professional Career
Anna Barton (OM2, Dove House, Auckland, NZ)
Massage New Zealand Magazine - Issue 2, 2021, p11

Barriers to the Adoption of Oncology Massage
David Bailey (OML, Canberra, AUS)
Massage New Zealand Magazine - Issue 2, 2021, p25

A Service Evaluation On Providing Massage To Patients Undergoing Treatment For Cancer In A Hospital Setting
Vicki Scott (OM2, Dove House, Auckland, NZ)
Massage New Zealand Magazine - Issue 2, 2021, p27


Supporting Tasmanians Living with Cancer
Hobart Observer
Friday, 15/Jun/2018

Ethics, Massage Therapy, & Cancer Spread
Tracey Walton
Thursday, 7/Jun/2018

2017 and before

Strengthening the Presence of Massage Therapy in Palliative Care
Ronna Moore
Massage & Myotherapy Australia - Journal of the Australian Association of Massage Therapists - Autumn 2017

How does Massage Therapy Make a Difference in Palliative Care
Rudi Paul
Journal of the Australian Association of Massage Therapists - Autumn 2011

A Day in the Life - Massage & Palliative Care
Anne Bate
Journal of Massage Australia - tba

Journal Articles

Adams, J., Sibbritt, D., Broom, A., Loxton, D., Pirotta, M., Humphreys, J., Lui, C.-W., 2011. A comparison of complementary and alternative medicine users and use across geographical areas: a national survey of 1,427 women. BMC Complement. Altern. Med. 11, 85.

Armstrong, K., Lanni, T., Anderson, M.M., Patricolo, G.E., 2018. Integrative medicine and the oncology patient: options and benefits. Support. Care Cancer Off. J. Multinatl. Assoc. Support. Care Cancer 26, 2267–2273.

Billhult, A., Bergbom, I., Stener-Victorin, E., 2007. Massage Relieves Nausea in Women with Breast Cancer Who Are Undergoing Chemotherapy. J. Altern. Complement. Med. 13, 53–58.

Billhult, A., Lindholm, C., Gunnarsson, R., Stener-Victorin, E., 2009. The effect of massage on immune function and stress in women with breast cancer--a randomized controlled trial. Auton. Neurosci. Basic Clin. 150, 111–115.

Boyd, C., Crawford, C., Paat, C.F., Price, A., Xenakis, L., Zhang, W., Evidence for Massage Therapy (EMT) Working Group, 2016. The Impact of Massage Therapy on Function in Pain Populations-A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials: Part II, Cancer Pain Populations. Pain Med. Malden Mass 17, 1553–1568.

Cassileth, B.R., Vickers, A.J., 2004. Massage therapy for symptom control: outcome study at a major cancer center. J. Pain Symptom Manage. 28, 244–249.

Eldridge, L., 2019. Causes of Insomnia in People With Cancer. Very Well Health.

Ernst, E., 2009. Massage therapy for cancer palliation and supportive care: a systematic review of randomised clinical trials. Support. Care Cancer Off. J. Multinatl. Assoc. Support. Care Cancer 17, 333–337.

Falkensteiner, M., Mantovan, F., Müller, I., Them, C, 2008.  The Use of Massage Therapy for Reducing Pain, Anxiety, and Depression in Oncological Palliative Care Patients: A Narrative Review of the Literature. . 2011; 2011: 929868,

Fourie, W. J., 2008. Considering wider myofascial involvement as a possible contributor to upper extremity dysfunction following treatment for primary breast cancer. Journal Bodywork & Movement Therapy Oct;12(4):349-55.

Gentile, D., Boselli, D., Yaguda, S., Greiner, R., & Bailey-Dorton, C. Pain Improvement After Healing Touch and Massage in Breast Cancer: an Observational Retrospective Study. Int J Ther Massage Bodywork. 2021 Mar 1;14(1):12-20. eCollection 2021 Mar.

Gentile, D., Boselli, D., O’Neill, G., Yaguda, S., Bailey-Dorton, C., Eaton, T.A., 2018. Cancer Pain Relief After Healing Touch and Massage. J. Altern. Complement. Med. N. Y. N 24, 968–973.

Greenlee, H., DuPont-Reyes, M.J., Balneaves, L.G., Carlson, L.E., Cohen, M.R., Deng, G., Johnson, J.A., Mumber, M., Seely, D., Zick, S.M., Boyce, L.M., Tripathy, D., 2017. Clinical practice guidelines on the evidence-based use of integrative therapies during and after breast cancer treatment. CA. Cancer J. Clin. 67, 194–232.

Harrington, J.E., Baker, S., & Hoffman, J. Effect of an integrated support programme on the concerns and wellbeing of women with breast cancer: A national service evaluation. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice Volume 18, Issue 1, February 2012, Pages 10-15.

Hernandez-Reif, M., Field, T., Ironson, G., Beutler, J., Vera, Y., Hurley, J., Fletcher, M.A., Schanberg, S., Kuhn, C., Fraser, M., 2005. Natural Killer Cells and Lymphocytes Increase in Women with Breast Cancer following Massage Therapy. Int. J. Neurosci. 115, 495–510.

Hunter, D., Marinakis, C., Salisbury, R., Cray, A., Oates, R., 2016. Complementary therapy use in metropolitan and regional Australian radiotherapy centres; do patients report effective outcomes? Support. Care Cancer Off. J. Multinatl. Assoc. Support. Care Cancer 24, 1803–1811.

Johnson, J.R., Crespin, D.J., Griffin, K.H., Finch, M.D., Dusek, J.A., 2014. Effects of integrative medicine on pain and anxiety among oncology inpatients. J. Natl. Cancer Inst. Monogr. 2014, 330–337.

Kapila, A. K., Herd, A., Knife, N., Chaplin, P., & Patel, A. A Prospective Cohort Study on the Impact of Reflexology in Patients With Breast Cancer Using the MYCaW Scale. Clin Breast Cancer. 2019 Apr;19(2):e319-e326. doi: 10.1016/j.clbc.2018.12.007. Epub 2018 Dec 19. 

Kinkead, B., Schettler, P.J., Larson, E.R., Carroll, D., Sharenko, M., Nettles, J., Edwards, S.A., Miller, A.H., Torres, M.A., Dunlop, B.W., Rakofsky, J.J., Rapaport, M.H., 2018. Massage therapy decreases cancer-related fatigue: Results from a randomized early phase trial. Cancer 124, 546–554.

Kutner, J.S., Smith, M.C., Corbin, L., Hemphill, L., Benton, K., Mellis, B.K., Beaty, B., Felton, S., Yamashita, T.E., Bryant, L.L., Fairclough, D.L., 2008. Massage therapy versus simple touch to improve pain and mood in patients with advanced cancer: a randomized trial. Ann. Intern. Med. 149, 369–379.

Lee, S.-H., Kim, J.-Y., Yeo, S., Kim, S.-H., Lim, S., 2015. Meta-Analysis of Massage Therapy on Cancer Pain. Integr. Cancer Ther. 14, 297–304.

Listing, M., Reisshauer, A., Krohn, M., Voigt, B., Tjahono, G., Becker, J., Klapp, B. E., & Rauchfuss, M. Massage therapy reduces physical discomfort and improves mood disturbances in women with breast cancer. Psychooncology 2009 Dec;18(12):1290-9. doi: 10.1002/pon.1508.

Lopez, G., Liu, W., Milbury, K., Spelman, A., Wei, Q., Bruera, E., Cohen, L., 2017. The effects of oncology massage on symptom self-report for cancer patients and their caregivers. Support. Care Cancer Off. J. Multinatl. Assoc. Support. Care Cancer 25, 3645–3650.

Mao, J.J., Wagner, K.E., Seluzicki, C.M., Hugo, A., Galindez, L.K., Sheaffer, H., Fox, K.R., 2017. Integrating Oncology Massage Into Chemoinfusion Suites: A Program Evaluation. J. Oncol. Pract. 13, e207–e216.

Noto, Y., Kitajima, M., Kudo, M., Okudera, K., Hirota, K., 2010. Leg massage therapy promotes psychological relaxation and reinforces the first-line host defense in cancer patients. J. Anesth. 24, 827–831.

Oh, B., Butow, P., Mullan, B., Beale, P., Pavlakis, N., Rosenthal, D., Clarke, S., 2010. The use and perceived benefits resulting from the use of complementary and alternative medicine by cancer patients in Australia. Asia Pac. J. Clin. Oncol. 6, 342–349.

Ovayolu, O., Seviğ, U., Ovayolu, N., & Sevinç, A. The effect of aromatherapy and massage administered in different ways to women with breast cancer on their symptoms and quality of life. Int J Nurs Pract 2014 Aug;20(4):408-17. doi: 10.1111/ijn.12128. Epub 2013 Aug 5. 

Post-White, J., Kinney, M.E., Savik, K., Gau, J.B., Wilcox, C., Lerner, I., 2003. Therapeutic Massage and Healing Touch Improve Symptoms in Cancer. Integr. Cancer Ther. 2, 332–344.

Sagar, S. M., T Dryden, T., & Wong, R. K. Massage therapy for cancer patients: a reciprocal relationship between body and mind. Current Oncology. 2007 Apr;14(2):45-56. doi: 10.3747/co.2007.105..

Sey, A.K., Hunter, J., 2020. Finding the value in oncology massage: A mixed-method study of cancer services and survivors in Australia.

Shin, E.-S., Seo, K.-H., Lee, S.-H., Jang, J.-E., Jung, Y.-M., Kim, M.-J., Yeon, J.-Y., 2016. Massage with or without aromatherapy for symptom relief in people with cancer. Cochrane Database Syst. Rev. CD009873.

Smith, C.A., Hunter, J., Delaney, G.P., Ussher, J.M., Templeman, K., Grant, S., Oyston, E., 2018. Integrative oncology and complementary medicine cancer services in Australia: findings from a national cross-sectional survey. BMC Complement. Altern. Med. 18, 289.

Wang, K., Qi, S., Lai, H., Zhu, X., Fu, G., 2018. Clinical massage therapy for patients with cancer-related fatigue protocol of a systematic review. Medicine (Baltimore) 97, e13440.

Wilkinson, S., Barnes, K., Storey, L., 2008. Massage for symptom relief in patients with cancer: systematic review. J. Adv. Nurs. 63, 430–439.

Videos, Commercials, and the Like

Our 15-second advertisement that ran on WIN Capital TV in Jun-Jul/2019

Our 20-second silent advertisement running in medical & health centres in both Cottesloe and Wembley Family Health Clinics in suburban Perth to support our OM1 and OM2 there in Sep/2019 .  We can move the ads from location to location over the next two years to support our Course Calendar.

2-minute presentation about OMBT prepared by our very own Tania Griffin to assist with the delivery of OMBT at the endota Wellness College campus in Docklands (VIC) in 2019.

Older Material

The Importance of Touch - Geraldine Earle
Thu - 24/02/22

2015 February Nursing Review Magazine Article
Fri - 20/02/15

A Potted History of Oncology Massage in Australia
Wed - 2/04/14

S4OM Healing Summit
Wed - 2/04/14

The use of complementary and alternative medicine by cancer patients
Wed - 2/04/14

Cancer in Australia
Wed - 2/04/14

Olivia Newton-John HOME Article
Wed - 2/04/14

A Positive Psychology update
Wed - 2/04/14

ABC Interview 2010
Wed - 2/04/14

Massage and Cancer: Practice Guidelines
Wed - 2/04/14

AAMT February 2009
Wed - 2/04/14

Bowen in Bali Birthing Centre
Wed - 2/04/14

Breast Cancer Patients
Wed - 2/04/14

New Frontiers in Medicine: The body as the shadow of the soul
Wed - 2/04/14

Oncology Massage Research and Training Update
Wed - 2/04/14

Massage Therapy for Symptom Control
Wed - 2/04/14

BTA Newsletter September 2007
Wed - 2/04/14

Oncology Massage Training Modules
Wed - 2/04/14

Report on massage for people in hospital
Wed - 2/04/14

Connections January 2008
Wed - 2/04/14

Massage Cancer and More
Wed - 2/04/14

Another trip for Eleanor to the USA
Wed - 2/04/14

Massage Cancer & More... the first year as a core program at QFL
Wed - 2/04/14

OMT team members attend the Thomas Myers Course
Tue - 1/04/14

Oncology Nursing Society Letter to Editor
Tue - 25/03/14

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