Written By: Shawnda James, LMTCancer: a word that nobody wants to hear or talk about, but almost l of us have been affected by it. Battling any illness comes with its own set of stress and anxieties, but cancer causes more stress than most illnesses. BMJ supportive and palliative care have published research showing that massage can help. Researchers believe that therapeutic massage in combination with standard care can reduce stress, pain, fatigue, and increase quality of life. Depending on the type of cancer the person may experience a strain on their muscles. Massage can help relieve that pain by causing those muscles to soften. Massage is believed to cause a release of endorphins (the body's natural pain killer), leaving the client in a more relaxed and pain-free state.