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 curriculum

  • 1


    • About the Instructors

    • Course Description

    • A brief word . . .

  • 2


    • Introduction

  • 3

    Types of Surgeries

    • Biopsy

    • What is a sentinel lymph node biopsy?

    • Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy

    • Medical Devices

    • Drainage Tube Care

    • Tumor Removal & Debulking

    • Resection

    • Laser & Laparoscopic

    • Reconstruction

  • 4

    Scar Tissue & Wound Healing

    • Scars

    • Surgical wound healing

  • 5

    Side Effects

    • Side Effects from Cancer Surgery

  • 6

    Massage Considerations

    • Site, Pressure, Position

    • Dinner at Kerry's House

    • A Little More About Communication

    • Massage Considerations Part One

    • Massage Considerations Part Two

    • Now It's Your Turn: Massage Considerations

  • 7

    The Patient Experience

    • Interview with Sue Sturgeon

    • What Sue Didn't Say

    • Want to continue the conversation?

  • 8

    Final Quiz

    • Final Quiz

  • 9


    • Recommended Reading

    • Surgical Skills - Drain Insertion

    • Removing a JP Drain

    • The SCAR Project


Instructor & Education Director

Rebecca Sturgeon

In addition to being a valuable member of Healwell’s faculty and curriculum development team, Rebecca is also Healwell’s Education Director. 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 health care providers. Rebecca co-authored "Oncology Massage: An integrative approach to cancer care" (Handspring, 2021.) 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 also an experienced mentor to new massage therapists, and facilitator of learning groups.

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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