Massage and Acupuncture for Cancer Patients

stones and bambooAcupuncture and oncology massage can benefit patients with cancer during treatment to safely alleviate side effects, and during remission to restore vitality and boost immunity. Both treatments can help reduce stress and improve sleep and overall quality of life.

Infusion Center Foot Massage

As a patient at UC San Diego Health, you are invited to enjoy complimentary 20-minute foot massages during your infusion treatments at Moores Cancer Center and UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest.  Your infusion nurse can let you know if the massage therapist is available, or you can listen for an announcement at the infusion center notifying patients that this free service is available.

Oncology Massage

We offer full-body, 60-minute oncology massages to patients who are currently or were previously receiving cancer treatment at UC San Diego Health. 

Oncology massage is an adapted massage that takes into account the person’s cancer diagnosis, current and past treatments and side effects. Our trained oncology massage therapist can also work around implanted devices (such as ports), as well as mobility or positional restrictions, to provide a safe and effective massage experience.

Oncology massage is available to:

  • Patients in active cancer treatment
  • Patients who have recently completed treatment
  • Patients who have been out of treatment for an extended period of time

Benefits of Oncology Massage

Cancer patients and cancer survivors may experience several benefits from oncology massage, including

  • Stress reduction – Being relaxed helps with healing and recovery
  • Improved circulation
  • Reduction in peripheral neuropathy (numbness and tingling in the hands and feet)
  • Less pain and stiffness
  • Fewer digestive complaints such as nausea
  • Improved feeling of overall well-being

Regardless of where you are in your cancer journey, we advise you to seek a massage therapist trained in oncology massage.


Initial appointments are free for all oncology patients, and subsequent visits have been subsidized to a cost of $40 per session, payable by cash or check only. Call us for more information at 858-822-6100.


To make an appointments, call 858-822-6100 or contact our experienced oncology massage therapist, Rob MacDonald, directly at 858-378-3449.


Acupuncturists promote healing by using tiny needles to stimulate specific points on the body. Acupuncture can complement conventional cancer therapies such as chemotherapy, radiation, biological therapy and surgery. It can ease the effects of cancer treatment, including nausea and vomiting, anxiety, neuropathy, fatigue, pain, headaches, hot flashes, joint pain and arthritis.

Our licensed acupuncturists may be able to help you during your cancer journey. We offer acupuncture at clinics in La Jolla, Scripps Ranch and Hillcrest. Call: 844-747-0474 for more information and to schedule an appointment.


Insurance may cover the costs of acupuncture. Call us for more information at 844-747-0474


Oncology Massage: 858-822-6100

Acupuncture: 844-747-0474