Learning Outcomes

  • Become more confident in treating patients with cancer and discussing their medical situation with them and their healthcare team

  • Gain knowledge in massage contraindications and modifications for people living with cancer

  • Realize the valuable contribution you can offer as an RMT in the life of someone with a cancer diagnosis

Course Description

The objective of this course is to provide RMTs with knowledge about the pathology of cancer, options for medical treatment, and massage indications and contraindications so that they can feel more confident when someone checks off the “cancer” box on their intake form.

The content is based on current research and information has been gathered from credible sources. We will discuss some interesting questions such as, “Why does everything in California cause cancer?”, “Can massage spread cancer?”, and “What is Lynch Syndrome?”. The highlight of the course is reviewing indications for massage so that you know how you can help and reviewing the contraindications so that you know how to avoid injuring someone.

The course is presented through videos, graphics, interactive quizzes, and reader engagement. You will also be provided with a useful guide to reference in your clinic so you can always be prepared.

Continuing Education Credits

The following associations have approved this course for continuing education credit. Credit may also be available from those associations with no formal approval process.


CMMOTA - 0.75 Credits

CMTNL - 0.75 Category A Credits

CRMTA - 1.5 Secondary Credits

MTAA - 1.5 Primary Credits

MTAM - 1.5 Primary Credits

MTANS - 0.75 Primary Credits

MTAS - 1.5 Primary Credits

MTWPAM - 1.5 Primary Credits

NHPC - 5 Credits

Pending Approval


Course Curriculum

  • 2

    Chapter 1: What is Cancer?

    • Introduction

    • Cell Growth/Death and Mutations

    • Review Question

    • Tumors

    • Review Question

    • Classification, Grading and Staging

    • Review Question

    • Remission

    • Review Question

    • Cancer Rates

    • What Causes Cancer?

    • It's My Life Cancer Quiz

    • Discussion Question

  • 3

    Chapter 2: Medical Treatment

    • Introduction

    • Surgery

    • Review Question

    • Chemotherapy

    • Review Questions

    • Radiation Therapy

    • Review Question

    • Other Therapies

    • Review Question

  • 4

    Chapter 3: Massage Indications and Contraindications

    • Introduction

    • Possible Warning Signs of Cancer

    • Review Question

    • Health History Questions

    • Observation and Palpation

    • Massage Indications

    • Self-reflection Question

    • Research

    • Review Question

    • What Does a Massage for Someone with Cancer Look Like?

    • Discussion Question

    • Goals for Massage/Communication

    • Palliative Care

    • Can Massage Spread Cancer?

    • Contraindications

    • Record-keeping

    • Review Questions

  • 5


    • Conclusion

    • Quiz

    • References

Course Certificate

After successful completion of this course, you will receive a course certificate stating that you've completed 1.5 hours of online training.

Clinical Reference Guide

Registrants will receive exclusive access to this helpful reference guide, containing valuable resources to assist you in the treatment of your oncology patients.


Melissa Pierson, RMT

Melissa is a Registered Massage Therapist and the founder of the Online Wellness Institute. She graduated with honours in 2009 from CCMH Foothills College of Massage Therapy, and was chosen to be the valedictorian of her graduating class. Her courses focused on anatomy and physiology, pathology, advanced massage treatments, hydrotherapy, and biomechanics. After graduation, Melissa returned to CCMH as a case study panel member, where she reviewed and marked case studies. Melissa published an award winning case study in the International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork on the effects of massage therapy on Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) dysfunction symptoms. She has also completed advanced training on assessing and treating the TMJ.

Register below to learn how to confidently treat those with cancer