Although most studies have reported the effects of massage in adult patients, pediatric cancer patients also experience reduced pain after massage therapy.
Massage is one of the most commonly used pain management strategies for pediatric patients newly diagnosed with leukemia. (Field, T., Cullen, C., Diego, M., Hernandez-Reif, M., Sprintz, P., Beebe, K., Kissel, B & Bango-Sanchez, V. (2001) "Leukemia immune changes following massage therapy." Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, 3, 1-5.)
Research is showing the benefits of massage therapy for children, especially for those being diagnosed with cancer. "Children with cancer and blood diseases experience positive physical and psychological effects from massage therapy." Int J Ther Massage Bodywork 2009 June 29; 2(2):7-14. Haun, JN, Graham-Pole, J, Shortley, B. University of Arizona, College of Medicine, Tucson, AZ, USA.
Massage Magazine, April 2016, Pg 64. Originally published online January 2016 in Pediatric Blood & Cancer. "Massage Enhances Sleep Quality for Hospitalized Adolescents with Cancer." A massage therapy intervention to help promote sleep among hospitalized adolescent oncology patients was found to be both feasible and well-received, with the potential for improving sleep quality among young patients, according to recent research. https://www.massagemag.com/massage-enhances-sleep-quality-for-hospitalized-adolescents-with-cancer-34719/