To complement the MASSAGE Magazine article, “The Healing Touch of Oncology Massage,” by Deborah Reuss, in the September 2012 issue. Article summary: There are different styles of oncology massage. Each style has a unique background and utilizes different techniques. Each one can be effective; it’s more a matter of patient preference.

by Deborah Reuss

Here are a few examples of California hospitals that are currently incorporating oncology massage:

• Scripps Hospital offers massage therapy at Scripps Center for Executive Health on the campus of Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine.

• Stanford Hospital offers massage therapy along with other complementary treatments at the Stanford Center for Integrative Medicine.

• University of California at San Diego (UCSD) Hospital has the Moores Cancer Center, a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, along with the UCSD Center for Integrative Medicine, where therapeutic massage is offered.

Deborah Reuss, H.H.P., N.C.B.T.M.B., is dean of the department of Asian Holistic Health and Massage at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine ( in San Diego, California. She holds a bachelor’s degree in holistic nutrition from Clayton College, has 16 years of experience in massage therapy, and is in practice as a holistic health practitioner.