As a Scarborough native whose family has lived in the community for three generations, Peter Tofani was confident he would get great care at The Scarborough Hospital (TSH) when he began treatment for Follicular Lymphoma in the fall of 2014. What he didn’t expect was to be able to include massage therapy to the list of outstanding services he received.
Peter benefitted from an innovative new partnership between TSH and Centennial College to have Massage Therapy students deliver massage therapy to patients in TSH’s Oncology Clinic.
“The hospital staff were great; you never felt as if you were being pushed aside and they were always ready to help,” said Peter, whose family history in Scarborough dates back to when his grandfather bought a farm in the Kingston Road and Lawrence Avenue East area in 1921.
“The massage therapy students were just as professional as all the other health care providers and it was a really enjoyable and calming experience.”
“We’re excited to be able to offer this important complementary therapy to our global community,” said Sari Greenwood, Regional Director of the Central East Regional Cancer Program and Patient Care Director, Oncology and Palliative Care at TSH.
Maggie Mann, Faculty Member in the Massage Therapy program at Centennial College, points out that “decades of empirical evidence has shown that massage therapy can help reduce many of the symptoms experienced by cancer patients, including pain, anxiety, sleep disturbances, and nausea.”
Peter continues to receive treatment for his Lymphoma at TSH and says he would definitely take advantage of the massage therapy if it were offered to him again.