Rocky Mountain Oncology offers massage therapy as part of its wellness mission to help patients heal both the physical and emotional stress caused by cancer.
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What is massage therapy?
Massage therapy, which involves the manipulation of soft tissues and muscles to relax the body and improve quality of life, is one of the earliest healing arts and originated in China. Massage therapy dates back to 3000 B.C.
Is it safe?
Yes. Massage therapy can be provided safely for most cancer patients. Treatments are customized for each patient and take into account the type of cancer, areas that have been recently treated with radiation or surgery, and other relevant medical conditions. Close communication between the patient, physician and therapist allows for the safe delivery of massage while maximizing the therapeutic benefits.
What are the benefits of massage therapy?
Massage therapy complements standard cancer treatments by offering both physical and emotional benefits for patients at any stage of cancer care from diagnosis and treatment through recovery. Several studies demonstrate the extensive health benefits of massage including the management of many common symptoms and side effects associated with cancer and cancer treatment. Evidence supports that it may even help to boost the immune system.
Benefits for patients with cancer
- Strengthens immune system
- Increases blood and lymphatic circulation
- Relieves anxiety and stress
- Eases depression
- Reduces pain
- Promotes relaxation
- Improves digestion and absorption of nutrients
- Enhances energy and alertness
Will insurance cover massage therapy?
Many commercial insurance carriers will pay for massage therapy service. For details on specific carriers, please contact our insurance specialist. Financial assistance is available for those who qualify. For more information please call 235-5433.
When is massage therapy offered?
- Tuesdays 9am – 1pm
- Wednesdays 1pm – 5pm
- Thursdays 11am – 2pm
- Fridays 9am – 1pm
Please visit the front desk or your patient guide for information or to make an appointment, and be sure to check our event calendar for more details or potential changes to the weekly schedule.
Rocky Mountain Oncology Center provides genetic counseling to individuals with a personal and/or family history of cancer. Many cancers occur by chance, but as many as 10% of cancers are caused by an inherited gene mutation. People who carry one of these mutations may have an increased chance to develop cancer and also may pass the genetic mutation on to their children. Our cancer genetics program helps to identify people at risk for hereditary cancer and to provide education to reduce that risk, including cancer screening, education on cancer prevention, and cancer risk-reduction planning.
Who should meet with our Genetic Counselor?
Any patient with a concern about genetics and cancer is a candidate for counseling; however, patients who meet the following criteria are most helped by genetic counseling:
- Individuals with a cancer diagnosis at an early age (before the age of 50)
- Individuals with a personal history of cancer who are of Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry
- Individuals with multiple primary cancers
- Individuals with a family history of multiple cases of cancer on the same side of the family
- Individuals with rare cancers (such as ovarian cancer or male breast cancer)
What happens during genetic counseling?
Genetic counseling typically occurs over 2-3 visits. The first visit usually lasts 60 minutes with subsequent visits lasting 15-30 minutes. The cost for genetic counseling, including all visits, is $100 payable at the time of the first visit. We cannot bill insurance directly for this service, but we will provide a receipt which can be submitted to insurance.
During the first visit, the genetic counselor will review medical history and family history information. They will also explain basic information concerning genetics, the genes associated with an increased risk for cancer, testing options, and management options. The genetic counselor will perform a cancer risk assessment based on the information provided and will discuss the chance that the cancer in your family may be caused by a gene. Depending on the risk, any genetic testing that could be helpful for you and your family will also be discussed.
If genetic testing is indicated, and you decide to pursue testing, blood draws for genetic testing will be performed at a subsequent visit. The cost of genetic testing varies, but may be covered by insurance. Results from testing typically take 2-4 weeks and a final visit will be scheduled with the genetic counselor to review your test results and discuss any management or follow up recommendations.
Scheduling an appointment
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, you can call us at 307-235-5433.