Pharmacology for Cancer

Date: Aug 16, 2015
Time: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

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

Susanrachel Condon

Prerequisite: Introduction to Oncology Massage

This course is an introduction to pharmacology in the conventional treatment of cancer, supplemented with an overview of the impact of complementary therapies including massage and bodywork, exercise and meditation. Its purpose is to introduce general concepts of pharmacology in order to build a vocabulary and knowledge base for massage therapists planning to work collaboratively with oncology professionals and clinicians.

Drug classifications, routes of administration and side effects will be taught; and the overall impact of cancer treatment will be explored so massage therapists may write and perform adaptive treatment plans based on the needs of individual clients.

We will also explore the impact of hands-on, postoperative interventions to reduce adhesion formation and improve physical and psychological outcomes.

unnamedSusanrachel Condon graduated from the SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn Midwifery Program in 1998. She is a New York State licensed midwife and maintains a busy, private, primary care and maternity practice in the Hudson Valley. Additionally, she serves as an independent sex and health educator in a variety of venues. Susanrachel was certified to teach childbirth preparation, newborn care and breastfeeding in 1996 by the Childbirth Education Association of Metropolitan New York (CEAMNY) and served two terms as President of the CEAMNY Board of Directors.

Susanrachel has been a licensed Massage Therapist since 1991. She served on the faculty of the Swedish Institute College of Massage Therapy & Allied Health Sciences for more than ten years and currently participates extensively in their continuing education program. Since 1994, she has taught Bodywork for the Childbearing Cycle, a nationally accredited certification course for massage and bodywork professionals. She and her husband Richard, a massage therapist and certified Advanced Rolfer, have produced an advanced techniques video on the subject in addition to a labor massage DVD for couples and childbirth professionals. They have also lectured widely as private consultants at conferences, hospitals, birth centers, schools and spas. Susanrachel holds a BFA in Art Therapy from the School of Visual Arts, an MA in Liberal Studies from Brooklyn College. She has studied birth counseling with Gayle Peterson and counseling for pregnant survivors of sexual abuse with Penny Simkin.

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