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Oncology Esthetics and Skin Care

Learn about how the body’s largest organ is affected by cancer treatment, and how to safely treat the skin side effects most frequently experienced by patients from the time of their diagnosis and throughout their cancer journey.

What is oncology esthetics?

Oncology esthetics stands as a specialized field within esthetics. With the objective of improving quality of life and skin health, this niche requires advanced education and training to safely meet the unique and changing needs of clients affected by cancer. 

Oncology esthetics includes

  • A thorough consultation to determine the client’s current health status and service goals and preferences.
  • Providing a skin care service that includes face, neck, shoulder, and décolleté massage and may include scalp, hand/arm, foot/leg, and back massage.
  • Personalized skin care recommendations.
  • Collaboration with allied healthcare professionals.

Join this program to learn about

  • Effects of cancer treatment on the integumentary system (skin, hair, nails)
  • Oncology client skin treatment priorities
  • Appropriate products, ingredients and spa services
  • Skin treatment protocol modifications for oncology client facials
  • Clinical research

Please note, this Oncology Esthetics and Skin Care program does not include the massage modifications required during a facial cleanse or massage. For that information please refer to the Oncology Esthetics Massage module.

Course prerequisite: This course is offered to licensed estheticians, massage therapists, RN and Nurse Aides, or with permission from the instructor for those who are close to completing their accredited licensing program. Spa managers also welcome.

Approved Provider for Continuing Education

  • Society for Oncology Massage
  • Society for Oncology Esthetics
  • National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (pending)
  • Board of Registered Nursing, CA