Oncology Considerations for Manual Lymph Drainage - An Advanced MLD Course

In this course, students will learn how to perform manual lymphatic drainage to safely work with people with cancer and with a history of oncology treatments. This course is delivered in a hybrid format, with 2 in-person days of hands-on practice and is open to manual lymph drainage and lymphedema certified therapists.

Course Objective

his course will focus on safe ways to use manual lymphatic drainage when working on patients with cancer and histories of cancer treatments. Students will learn about oncology including epidemiology, metastasis and cancer treatments. Contraindications and bodywork considerations will be addressed as therapists explore protocols for common side effects of cancer and its treatments such as Lymphedema and Axillary Web Syndrome.

Class Topics:

  • Introduction to cancer types
  • How cancer manifests in the body
  • Metastasis
  • Oncological treatments
  • Side effects to common treatments
  • Bodywork adjustments related to oncology work
  • Contraindications and precautions
  • Review of the lymphatic system
  • Lymphedema, breast and prostate oncology, Axillary Web Syndrome
  • Manual lymphatic drainage protocols
  • Administrative considerations including documentation and scope of practice

Course Format:

This 28-hour course is delivered in a hybrid format including home study, live webinar and in-person class time. Students will complete 4 hours of home study followed by the two 4-hour live webinar components. Therapists will then be able to join any scheduled 2-day in-person class for the hands-on portion of the course.


This course is open to manual lymph drainage certified therapists, (certified through ACOLS or equivalent) and certified lymphedema therapists.

The Academy of Lymphatic Studies is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. PD activity approval ID# 4063. This live activity is offered at 13.5 CEUs, advanced, OT service delivery. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.


Name Date City State  
Lymphedema Management Seminar Feb 25, 2023 Papillion NE Register
Lymphedema Management Seminar May 06, 2023 Orlando FL Register


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