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Mackereth P, Carter A (Eds). Massage & Bodywork: Adapting Therapies for Cancer Care.

Mackereth P, Carter A (Eds). Massage & Bodywork: Adapting Therapies for Cancer Care.

Mackereth P, Carter A (Eds). Massage & Bodywork: Adapting Therapies for Cancer Care. Churchill Livingstone, 2006. ISBN 978-0-4431-0031-4. $82. Available from Elsevier Australia, telephone 1800 263 951 or


The chapters in this book are written by various experts who work in oncology hospital wards, hospices and palliative care environments. The book is divided into two sections. The first section explores the overlying themes that run through all cancer care for the complementary therapist.

As an introduction to the subject, Chapter 1 explains the nature, causes, diagnoses and categories of cancer. Signs and symptoms are described along with conventional treatments. Chapter 2 follows by discussing how complementary therapies can be integrated into traditional cancer care settings.

Chapter 3 examines the evidence for bodywork as an effective, supportive treatment. Chapters 4 and 5 look at the issues and challenges of working with cancer patients including those that are in denial of their condition.

Chapter 6 introduces body psychotherapy, its methods and its value to cancer treatment. Teaching carers and the patients themselves to massage when professional care is not available is the topic of Chapter 7.

Section 2 of this book is concerned with specific massage and bodywork therapies and their place in the context of cancer care. It comprises of nine chapters that cover using aromatherapy, reflexology, lymphatic drainage, Shiatsu and chair massage. The section also includes chapters about working collaboratively with other practitioners and developing a therapeutic relationship with vulnerable people living with cancer.

Each chapter contains an abstract. There are also lists of recommendations, examples, case studies and text boxes containing important information. Additionally, diagrams, charts and black and white photographs ease comprehension.
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Author:Robertshawe, Penny
Publication:Journal of the Australian Traditional-Medicine Society
Article Type:Book review
Date:Jun 1, 2009
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