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Featuring Demian Dressler, DVM and Susan Ettinger, DVM, Dip. ACVIM (Oncology), authors of The Dog Cancer Survival Guide

Massage and Touch Therapies

Updated: November 14th, 2018

There were many studies, articles and books Dr. Dressler and Dr. Ettinger used when writing The Dog Cancer Survival Guide. Here is a list of the most important references about massage and touch therapies.

Please note that in vivo and clinical use citations were included whenever possible. We have also include links to the papers, where available. Most of the papers are found on the National Institute of Health’s online library, PubMed.

Safety and efficacy of massage therapy for patients with cancer. Corbin L. Cancer Control. 2005 Jul;12(3):158-64. Review.

Massage Therapy vs. Simple Touch to Improve Pain and Mood in Patients with Advanced Cancer: A Randomized Trial, Kutner, JS et al. Ann Intern Med. 2008 September 16; 149(6): 369–379.

Massage therapy for symptom control: outcome study at a major cancer center. Cassileth BR and Vickers AJ. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2004 Sep;28(3):244-9.

WITHDRAWN: Aromatherapy and massage for symptom relief in patients with cancer. Fellowes D, Barnes K, Wilkinson SS. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2008 Oct 8;(4)

The effect of massage on immune function and stress in women with breast cancer–a randomized controlled trial. Billhult A, et al. Auton Neurosci. 2009 Oct 5;150(1-2):111-5.

Role of massage therapy in cancer care. Russell NC, et al. J Altern Complement Med. 2008 Mar;14(2):209-14.

Impact of massage therapy on anxiety levels in patients undergoing radiation therapy: randomized controlled trial. Campeau MP, et al. J Soc Integr Oncol. 2007 Fall;5(4):133-8.

The use of therapeutic massage as a nursing intervention to modify anxiety and the perception of cancer pain. Ferrell-Torry AT, Glick OJ. Cancer Nurs. 1993 Apr;16(2):93-101.

Efficacy of complementary and alternative medicine therapies in relieving cancer pain: a systematic review. Bardia A, et al. J Clin Oncol. 2006 Dec 1;24(34):5457-64.

Safety and efficacy of massage therapy for patients with cancer. Corbin L. Cancer Control. 2005 Jul;12(3):158-64.

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