Pharmacological Considerations For Oncology Massage

Date: Nov 7, 2021
Time: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Bookings are closed for this event.

Online bookings are not available for this class, please see registration info below.

Cost: $320
Prerequisite: Introduction to Oncology Massage (or Equivalent)
Contact: to register:

Kathy Madden, MSN, FNP-BC, AOCNP®, APHN

Felicia Newsome, LMT

This course is designed to introduce and discuss the impact of pharmacology on massage treatment planning. It will focus on differences in cancer biology, drug classifications, and associated side effects. The lecture will explore anti-cancer therapies and the potential adverse events associated with them. Case studies will be integrated throughout the lecture.

The hands-on portion of the class will involve developing and enriching therapists’ intake skills regarding pharmacological considerations, including scheduling, treatment focus, and duration, as well as protocol implications. Case studies from the lecture will be used for hands-on practice.

Therapists will be provided with the opportunity to strategically plan effective, safe, and therapeutic treatments.


Kathy Madden, MSN, FNP-BC, AOCNP®, APHN is a Family Nurse Practitioner in the melanoma & cutaneous medical oncology group of the Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Clinical Cancer Center at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City. Kathy’s experience during the past 2 decades at NYU has included working primarily in adult medicine and oncology with a focus on skin cancers with melanoma, she also serves as a sub-investigator for all melanoma & cutaneous research protocols and select phase 1 protocols at the Clinical Cancer Center. Kathy lectures nationally in her area of expertise and has multiple publications in her specialty. She has also served as clinical adjunct faculty for students working toward their Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science degrees in nursing. Kathy is also passionate about integrative healing arts and holds board certifications in Advanced Practice in Oncology and Holistic Nursing accompanied by additional certifications in Clinical Homeopathy, Clinical Aromatherapy, IGM® Practitioner and Instructor, Clinical Meditation, and Imagery. She is a member of the Oncology Nursing Society, ASCO, APSHO, ANA, American Holistic Nurses Association as well as other professional organizations. Kathy continues to pursue learning experiences that synthesize eastern and western modalities, ultimately enhancing and benefiting both personal and professional endeavors.

Felicia Newsome, LMT, is a NYS Licensed Massage Therapist specializing in oncology massage since 2005. She began oncology massage training at Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Integrative Medicine Center (2005 – 2011) working in both the outpatient and hospital settings. She then joined the integrative health team at NYU Langone’s Perlmutter Cancer Center (2009-2016) in the chemo-infusion setting, which rounded out her comprehensive clinical training. In 2014, Felicia began creating oncology massage training classes, and in 2015, partnered with the Center for Advancement of Therapeutic Arts. The mission for the oncology training program is straightforward: educate massage therapists about the latest concepts in cancer care, and facilitate the investigative, critical thinking, and communication skills necessary to work safely and effectively with cancer clients. Felicia is Managing Director of the CATA OM Training Program, and Managing Partner at Advanced Massage Specialty Group, Inc.

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