Cancer survivors can have varying levels of risk for lymphedema. Your medical care team is your best resource to provide you with protective guidelines.
We encourage spas to adopt uniform therapist education standards so that their clients in or with a cancer treatment history, and the medical teams caring for them, can feel reassured when visiting or recommending spa-based wellness services.
Our recommended go-to for therapist referrals are the Society for Oncology Massage (S4OM), and the International Society for Oncology Estheticians (ISOE). S4OM has a therapist locator where you can search for an oncology-trained therapist in your area.
Taking an S4OM or ISOE approved education program will not make a therapist an expert, but will provide a uniform foundation for standard of care and competency assessment that spas, their guests and therapists, and the cancer clinical care community can refer to.
There are other therapist training programs available, some very good ones for sure. We like the curriculum guidelines established by S4OM and adopted by ISOE the most and all Greet The Day therapists have completed one of these accredited programs.