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Ep 424 Cancer, Clots, and COVID ”A Complicated Client: Have a Client Who . . .Pathology Conversations with Ruth Werner

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A client was recently treated for colon cancer-and it didn't go well. She had surgical complications, a bout of sepsis, and more. She has substantial abdominal scar tissue, which is giving her a lot of pain. But after finding a massage therapist who is helping a lot, things are looking up . . . until she gets COVID. And now she's having a long, slow recovery.

The highly educated MT wants a little more information about COVID-related clot risk before they go back to work. How can they determine when it is safe to proceed? We discuss all that on this episode of "I Have a Client Who . . ." Pathology Conversations with Ruth Werner.


Pocket Pathology: /abmp-pocket-pathology-app

CDC (2020) COVID Data Tracker, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Available at: (Accessed: 13 March 2024).

Frequently Asked Questions: COVID-19 and Blood Clotting (no date) Blood Clots. Available at: (Accessed: 13 March 2024).

Scharf, R.E. and Anaya, J.-M. (2023) ‘Post-COVID Syndrome in Adults-An Overview', Viruses, 15(3), p. 675. Available at:

‘Study finds risk of serious blood clots up to six months after covid-19 | BMJ' (no date). Available at: (Accessed: 13 March 2024).

On sepsis:

Ep 292 Sepsis: "I Have a Client Who . . ." Pathology Conversations with Ruth Werner (2022) Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals. Available at: /podcasts/ep-292-sepsis-i-have-client-who-pathology-conversations-ruth-werner (Accessed: 13 March 2024).

Massage & Bodywork - NOVEMBER | DECEMBER 2021 (no date). Available at: (Accessed: 13 March 2024).

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Ruth Werner is a former massage therapist, a writer, and an NCBTMB-approved continuing education provider. She wrote A Massage Therapist’s Guide to Pathology, now in its seventh edition, which is used in massage schools worldwide. Werner is also a long-time Massage & Bodywork columnist, most notably of the Pathology Perspectives column. Werner is also ABMP’s partner on Pocket Pathology, a web-based app and quick reference program that puts key information for nearly 200 common pathologies at your fingertips. Werner’s books are available at And more information about her is available at   




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