Massage promotes relaxation and reduces anxiety in patients with varying kinds of cancer. It has proven especially effective for breast cancer survivors. Research shows therapeutic massage is an effective complement to traditional medical care for women undergoing lumpectomy, mastectomy or breast reconstruction. Presurgery massage relaxes muscle tissue and increases lymphatic flow. Postsurgery, women can benefit when well-trained massage therapists apply specialized lymph drainage techniques. Women who add this practice to their treatment may experience less pain and swelling. In a study performed by the University of Miami School of Medicine, breast cancer patients who were massaged reported lower levels of depression, anxiety and anger. Benefits of massage after breast cancer treatment also include boosting the immune system and helping women reconnect with their bodies.