Dr. Gyure, unlike most massage therapist, was previously an oncology patient. He is also a retired Patholigist and Medical Chemist. This makes him specifically qualified and experienced in addressing the special needs of any oncology patient.
Oncology Care Overview
Oncology massage is the modification of existing massage therapy techniques in order to safely work with complications of cancer and cancer treatment. Anyone who has ever received cancer treatment, from those in active treatment to those in recovery or survivorship, as well as those at the end of life, are best served by a massage therapist who has received training in oncology massage.
Essential aspects of an oncology massage therapist's skill set are an informed understanding of the disease itself and the many ways it can affect the human body; the side effects of cancer treatments, such as medications, surgery, chemotherapy and radiation; and the ability to modify massage techniques in order to adapt for these side effects, as well as for the disease.
ONCOLOGY MASSAGE ASSESSMENTS
Clinical assessments and adaptations to the massage session for someone experiencing cancer or with a history of cancer treatment are critical to providing a safe massage. Standard oncology massage intake questions include those pertaining to:
cancer treatment history
tumor site or metastasis
compromised blood cell counts
lymph node involvement
blood clots or blood clot risk
medications (short and long term)
vital organ involvement
fragile or unstable tissue
fatigue, neuropathy or pain
changes in sensation
late effects of treatment
Being properly trained in Oncology Massage Therapy I will ask you questions about these issues and more, depending on your unique situation. Many of the changes that will be made to your session will be virtually imperceptible to you as a recipient (and others may be quite obvious), but they are essential to safety and proper support of your well being.
Massage can make your cancer journey easier...but not just any massage; an oncology massage. Many of the body's responses to cancer and cancer treatment require changes to massage therapy. Dr. Gyure is a properly trained therapist and will tell you why and how.
If you are currently receiving treatment or have ever received treatment for cancer in your life the safest way for you to get massage is to have a massage therapist who has had appropriate training in the specifics of cancer and cancer treatment and how to use a knowledge of those specifics to provide safely adapted massage therapy for you at all stages of your cancer journey
Your personal health, well being and privacy are the center of Dr. Gyure's concerns.