Massage Therapy at Life with Cancer

Free & Reduced Cost Oncology Massage
at Life with Cancer in partnership with Healwell

As of January 2023:

  • Three free table massage sessions are available for patients with active disease in treatment at Inova. 
  • Reduced cost massage appointments are available for $70 per session/month for all other patients and caregivers,

Click the button below to register and schedule.

Available at all Life with Cancer locations

Alexandria - Inova Alexandria Hospital at 4320 Seminary Road - Suite 1.NE.5.4, Alexandria, VA 22304

Fairfax - LWC Family Center at 8411 Pennell St, Fairfax, VA 22031 and Inova Schar Cancer Institute at 8081 Innovation Park Drive - 2nd Floor, Fairfax, VA 22031 

Fair Oaks - Fair Oaks Cancer Center at 3580 Joseph Siewick Drive - Lower-Level Suite 005, Fairfax, VA 22033 

Loudoun: LWC Studio in Leesburg at 44084 Riverside Parkway - Level B Suite 400, Leesburg, VA 20176


From the Society of Integrative Oncology Massage:

What to expect in your session

  • Ensure your safety with standard infection prevention protocols
  • Allow you to remain clothed or undress to your level of comfort
  • Work to position you comfortably and safely on the massage table or chair
  • Adapt to areas where pressure, positioning or other modifications are needed
  • Monitor your response
  • Depending upon their clinical skills they may integrate a variety of techniques to support you including: lymphatic drainage, fascial release, pain management, Reflexology, chemo-induced peripheral neuropathy protocol, or other techniques or tools they, and you, feel appropriate
  • End the session with request for feedback

What to expect after your session

Massage responses vary from person to person and situation to situation. It is normal to notice different sensations immediately after the session compared to the first or second day following. However, there should never be any severe adverse reactions, such as nausea, fatigue, or pain. If this happens, please report it to your therapist as soon as possible.

Typically, people report the following after a massage that has been properly adjusted:

  • Improved body image
  • Enhanced sense of well-being
  • Decreased pain
  • Diminished anxiety
  • Reduced swelling
  • Increased relaxation
  • Improved range of motion
  • Improved nausea
  • Decreased depression