Approved for Continuing Education

Approved by NCBTMB for 2 CEUs for massage therapists.

*Please note: In order to be eligible for CE credit, you must register with your full name (as it appears on your professional license) and your license state and number.

Course Description

Instructors, Kerry Jordan and Cal Cates present three essential and common grave risk factors for clients affected by cancer. They will walk you through the concerns, contraindications and clinical steps involved in the safe and ethical navigation of blood clot risk, cancer spread and infection. Swelling, another common concern, will also be explored.

Course curriculum

  • 1


    • About the instructors

    • Course Description

    • A brief word . . .

  • 2


    • Who is "a person affected by cancer?"

    • "I just work lightly!"

  • 3


    • A quick tour of the circulatory system

    • What is a DVT?

    • The clot thickens...

    • What's the danger?

    • So what do we do?

    • DVT & The Walton Pressure Scale

    • Communicating Risk

  • 4


    • Metastasis - What's the risk? What isn't?

    • More about mets

  • 5


    • Your enthusiasm isn't the only thing that's infectious!

    • Don't Lie

  • 6


    • Swelling Isn't Swell

  • 7

    Critical Thinking

    • Critical Thinking Isn't Magic

    • Know what you don't know

    • Want to continue the conversation?

  • 8

    Final Quiz

    • Killer MTs Final Quiz

  • 9


    • Recommended Reading

    • How does cancer spread through the body? - Ivan Seah Yu Jun

    • DVT can lead to pulmonary embolism (PE)


Instructor & Executive Director

Cal Cates

Cal 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. Their 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.

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.

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