Generous Grants Make Massage Therapy Available to Cancer Patients and Caregivers

July 2, 2009

“A diagnosis of cancer can be as stressful for caregivers as for patients,” said Rayna Withers, MS, RT, (R) (T), director of radiation therapy at the Cancer Center of Indiana. “Caregivers are here with the patients day in and day out. We appreciate their valuable role in the recovery process. Research proves that massage can reduce blood pressure, pulse rate and overall pain and even give the immune system a boost. Because of grants from the following organizations, we are able to offer both cancer patients and their caregivers complimentary massage therapy during treatment and follow-up care.”

  • Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation Louisville Affiliate
  • Links for Life (Business and Professional Women organization)
  • Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County Community Foundation of Southern Indiana
  • Harrison County Community Foundation

The grant from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation will also support the program’s continued work with breast cancer patients experiencing lymphedema, a build-up of fluid in one or both arms that can result from damage to lymph glands.