Oncology massage offers support to patients going through cancer treatment and recovery by providing a non-invasive, nurturing gentle touch. Working with a trained therapist will provide a safe and effective modality to help relieve the many issues that may arise during treatment such as pain, nausea, fatigue, anxiety and depression. It is essential to work with a trained therapist who understands the medical contraindications of massage for the person living with cancer such as bone metastases, removal of lymph nodes, implantable medical devices (central lines and mediports), blood clots, surgery and radiation, and low blood counts
Born and raised in and around the Pacific Northwest, Cherie Hankal, LMP, moved to Hollywood, CA right out of high school. In Los Angeles Cherie fulfilled her childhood dream of becoming an actor by studying at The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute. However, it was behind the camera where she found her niche working in production of commercials, television shows, and films, most notably as an assistant director on “Cheers” and “Seinfeld.”
Cherie returned to the Pacific Northwest when her mother was diagnosed with cancer. She feels it was a gift to be able to give love, care and support back to the woman who raised her. The experience of assisting with her mother’s treatment gave Cherie the desire to serve this population.
She enrolled in the Massage Program at University of Western States Chiropractic College in Portland, Oregon with the intent of specializing in Oncology Massage. Her training included various massage modalities along with the required science. In addition, she had the honor of participating in an internship offered by Northwest Cancer Specialists in Portland.
Cherie is thrilled to be joining the team at Providence Integrative Cancer Care. She looks forward to bringing gentle comfort to people in treatment for cancer through the use of massage.
Time: Mondays, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and Tuesdays, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Location: Providence Regional Cancer System -- Centralia (Mondays) and Providence Regional Cancer System -- Lacey (Tuesdays)
Price: $65 cash only. Most major health plans accepted.
To Schedule: Call (360) 754-3934, or (800) 883-8990