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04/21/2003I was diagnosed with DCIS with micro-invasion in 11/02. I had a lumpectomy in 12/02 (3 nodes removed - all negative); re-excision in 1/03. I completed 30 radiation treatments on 4/07/03. I am going on a cruise and would like to have a massage and facial. The company that runs the spa suggested that I receive medical authorization to receive such treatments. They said they usually do not recommend massage or aromatherapy for cancer patients due to stimulation of lymphatic circulation. What are your thoughts on this?
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04/21/2003There aren't any studies to tell us if it is good or bad, but having had DCIS with minimal lymph node dissection usually places a patient at low risk for lymphatic drainage problems. i will tell you that at our survivor retreat annually, for women who have completed their treatment in the last year, we offer massage (shoulder, back, feet) and have no concern about doing so.If a woman has a known history of lymphedema then this is a different scenario.. facials certainly are fine.

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