Video Course: Introduction to Oncology Massage: Part 1

Cal Cates, Kerry Jordan

Join Healwell’s Cal Cates and Kerry Jordan for an introduction to oncology massage. Topics include metastasis and cancer-related conditions including lymphedema and deep vein thrombosis. Explore some of the myths regarding massage therapy and cancer. Discover the critical intake questions therapists should be asking all clients and learn how to apply the answers you receive to ensure you’re providing a safe session.

This in-depth introduction will help you determine if you’re interested in additional training in this unique modality.

This course is the first in a series of two courses.


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Course Outline
  • Introduction
  • Who needs oncology massage?
  • Massage and metastasis
  • Lymphedema
  • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
  • Three intake questions
  • What not to do
  • What can you do?
Learning Objectives

Having viewed this online massage therapy technique CE course, participants will be able to:

  • Define oncology massage and identify how many cancer survivors there are in the United States.
  • Define metastasis and identify how massage therapy relates to metastasis.
  • List the cancer-related conditions that put a client at risk from massage therapy.
  • List the three intake questions to add to a health history questionnaire to screen for cancer-related conditions properly.
  • Identify at least two things that massage therapists should not do when working with a client with a history of cancer.
  • Identify at least two things that massage therapists should do when working with a client with a history of cancer.
Cal Cates

Cal is the executive director of Healwell and has been teaching and developing curriculum for massage therapy courses focused on hospital-based practice, oncology massage and end of life care since 2007. Their experience in clinical practice in hospitals around the US has informed their teaching style greatly. Cal is clear that massage therapy is healthcare and feels a personal commitment to inviting students to consider themselves as integral to a whole person healing process. Cal’s favorite thing about teaching healthcare providers is the ability to blend nerdiness and authenticity to create opportunities to be more effective, more human, and more flexible. Learn more at

Kerry Jordan

Kerry is the operations director and an essential part of the curriculum development team for Healwell. She brings 20 years of experience as an instructor and has an extensive background in teaching pathology and physiology and adapting massage therapy for special populations.  Before training as a massage therapist, Kerry owned and operated a successful yoga studio in Boston. She has been teaching yoga since 1999. Kerry is recognized by the Yoga Alliance as an RYT-500 and a continuing education provider, weaving the principles of yoga and meditation into her teaching and service work with yogis, massage therapists and healthcare providers. Learn more at

Topics and Techniques

This online oncology massage therapy CE course is available to you on demand to access, learn, and earn CE whenever and wherever it’s most convenient for you!


Visit the ABMP Education Center FAQ page for a full list of resources.

Is this course approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) for CE credit?
Yes! All of the courses are approved under ABMP’s NCBTMB Approved Provider account (451086-09).

How do I earn a CE certificate for this oncology massage course?
After you complete the webinar video, a quiz will appear on the page. Earn a CE certificate by scoring 70% or higher on the course quiz.

How do I access my CE certificates?
CE certificates are available on your “My CE Transcripts” page and on the course page. Visit your “My CE Transcript” page by clicking “My CE” on the navigation bar at the top of your screen.


"Compassionate, professional, informative, insightful, and inspiring!  Highly recommend this course as first step if considering becoming an oncology massage practitioner."

"The course contains good points about deep vein thrombosis (DVT), bone fragility, and lymphedema."

"Great information!  The passion Cal and Kerry have for oncology massage is contagious.  Very supportive and positive."

"I have a better understanding of lymphedema. I also appreciate hearing the three key questions, which I will use in my practice. The clarity I have received through listening to this webinar, puts my mind to rest that I can more confidently address a cancer survivor’s needs, by referring and/or working with this special population."