Massage Therapy Volunteers

Massage Therapy Volunteers

To provide a more positive experience to patients and caregivers at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance by offering comfort hand massages in the waiting rooms of the outpatient clinic.


  1. Give comfort hand massages to patients and caregivers at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.
  2. Comply with all infection control and confidentiality policies in regard to patient care.
  3. Strive to remain compassionate, non-judgmental, flexible and impartial when assisting people who have lifestyles, spiritual beliefs, and interests that are different from your own.
  4. Respect the privacy of patients and family members, and abide by the Volunteer Services program’s confidentiality policies.


New volunteers must be able to commit a minimum of three months to the Volunteer Services program.  Volunteers assist an average of one 2-4 hour shift per week.


Patients are extremely vulnerable to potentially life-threatening infections because their immune systems are suppressed from chemotherapy and radiation treatment.  Because of this, all volunteers must abide by universal precautions and infectious disease guidelines in order to protect themselves and patients.  These guidelines are listed in the Volunteer Manual.


  • Licensed Massage Therapist.  A copy of license must be provided.  Preference given to therapists who have experience with oncology patients.
  • Professional Liability Insurance (Limits of $1,000,000 Each Claim/$3,000,000 Aggregate) and inclusion of the SCCA as a named insured on the policy.
  • Respect of diverse lifestyles, cultures, religions and values.
  • Ability to be flexible and respond to changing needs of patients and family members.
  • Ability to maintain emotional boundaries and lead a balanced life.
  • Ability to work as part of a team with other volunteers and staff.

Massage Therapy Volunteers must be at least 21 years of age.  Volunteer applicants are asked to complete disclosure forms for a national criminal background check.  Annual tuberculosis testing and documentation for Chickenpox (Varicella), Measles, Mumps and Rubella are required for all volunteers who have contact with patients.  In addition, volunteers between the ages of 19 and 64 are encouraged to receive a single dose of Tdap vaccine to protect against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis. 


Massage Therapy Volunteers participate in two orientation sessions and a role specific orientation, along with an interview, before they are assigned to a specific shift.  Volunteers are encouraged to attend in-service education programs for continuing education.


Opportunities to support families from around the world and diverse cultures.

Ability to provide comfort and relief to patients undergoing cancer treatment.

An opportunity to gain experience in a multi-disciplinary health-care setting.