Course curriculum

  • 1


    • About the Instructor

    • Course Description

    • A brief word . . .

  • 2


    • Introduction

    • How does chemotherapy work? - Hyunsoo Joshua No

  • 3

    Delivery of Chemotherapy

    • How does it go down?

    • Infusion - Ports, IVs, and PICCs

    • Infusion - Cycles

    • But before your infusion...

    • Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy

    • HIPEC

    • Oral Chemotherapy

    • Pop Quiz!

  • 4

    Components of Chemotherapy

    • Types of Chemotherapy

    • Co-Prescribed Medications

    • What does chemo do?

    • Pop quiz!

  • 5

    Side Effects

    • Short-term and Long-term Side Effects

    • Chemo Brain (Cancer Related Cognitive Impairment)

    • Late Effects

    • A word about CIPN...

    • Dose limits

    • First Chemo Infusion

    • Pop quiz!

  • 6

    Side Effects & Massage Considerations

    • "The Big 5"

    • Side Effects & Massage: Nausea

    • Side Effects & Massage: Mucositis

    • Side Effects & Massage: Blood Counts

    • Side Effects & Massage: CIPN

    • Side Effects & Massage: Skin & Hair

    • Side Effects & Massage: Digestion and more

    • Massage Adaptations: Pressure, Position, and Site

  • 7

    Massage Considerations in Practice

    • Massage Considerations in the Real World - Part One

    • Massage Considerations in the Real World - Part Two

    • Now It's Your Turn: Massage Considerations

  • 8

    In closing...

    • And finally...

  • 9

    Final Quiz

    • Final Quiz

  • 10


    • Recommended Reading

    • Additional Links

    • Adjuvant/Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy

    • Chemotherapy Related Cognitive Impairment (Chemo Brain)


Instructor & Education Coordinator

Rebecca Sturgeon

In addition to being a valuable member of Healwell’s faculty and curriculum development team, Rebecca is also Healwell’s Education Coordinator. She works tirelessly to organize existing courses and to create new opportunities for Healwell to offer meaningful and robust inter-professional education for massage therapists and other healthcare providers. Rebecca maintains a private practice in Louisville, Kentucky and works as part time faculty in general massage therapy programs there. As a former teacher of writing at the college level, Rebecca is passionate about the written word and about all forms of human communication. In her massage practice, she focuses on integrating therapeutic massage as part of overall health and wellness care. She is an active volunteer for Hosparus Healthand Gilda’s Club of Louisville, and a member of the Society for Oncology Massage.

Instructor & Operations Director

Kerry Jordan

Kerry is a teacher for Healwell and is an essential part of the curriculum development team. 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 effortlessly weaves the principles of yoga and meditation into her teaching and service work with yogis, massage therapists and health care providers.