Safe Practices in Oncology Massage – with Janet Penny

There are 2 opportunities to take this course!

Friday April 28, 2023


Saturday April 29, 2023

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Approved for 8 Core Competency Credits

This is an in-person course.


MTAM Members: $295

Non-members: $349

Includes Lunch


Did you know that 2 in 5 Canadians will be diagnosed with cancer? At some point, all massage therapists will work with a client who has cancer or has undergone cancer treatment. Few medical conditions have treatments that are as complex and affect every system of the body as cancer treatment.  Cancer survivorship rates are increasing. For this reason, it is imperative that massage therapists have, at minimum, a baseline understanding of how to safely work with people who have undergone cancer treatment. Safe practices in oncology massage is a one day, evidence-informed course to:  

  • Introduce integrative cancer care 
  • Review the therapeutic relationship when working with people with cancer 
  • Explain cancer metastasis and massage safety 
  • Explore the lymphatic system and cancer
  • Present and practice the foundations of oncology massage 
  • Develop critical thinking in order to provide safe treatment for clients who have undergone biomedical cancer treatments (surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, immunotherapy, hormone therapy) 
  • Briefly introduce massage and medications/cancer detection/use of heat and cold 
  • A short overview of palliative and hospice care.
  • Receive a handout with resources on relevant research, oncology massage training and a synopsis of the key points of the presentation. Participants will learn the foundational knowledge and basic hands-on approaches to safely treat a client who has cancer or has undergone cancer treatment.

For more information about massage and oncology check out this informative podcast by Massage Therapy Canada


Janet Penny, RMT

Janet Penny, RMT has extensive experience working with people with cancer and is the co-author of Oncology Massage: An Integrative Approach to Cancer Care (Handspring Publishing, 2021).

Janet aims to facilitate the well-being and optimal functioning of people who have undergone surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, immunotherapy and hormone therapy. Her work blends client goals, current research evidence and clinical experience along with human warmth and humour.

Registration opens for MTAM members  February 1st, 2023 ! Please visit the MTAM website to Register.

Cancellations made by March 27, 2023 receive a full refund. Cancellations made from March 27 – April 10, 2023 receive a 50% refund on the full cost of the course. No refunds will be given on cancellations made after April 10, 2023 at 4:30 p.m.