Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center & Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

Massage Therapist

Massage Therapist

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Regular Full-Time
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

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Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) brings together the leading research teams and cancer specialists of Fred Hutch, Seattle Children’s, and UW Medicine. One extraordinary group whose sole mission is the pursuit of better, longer, richer lives for our patients. SCCA's purpose is to provide state-of-the-art, patient and family centered care; support the conduct of cancer clinical research and education; enhance access to improved cancer interventions; and advance the standard of cancer care regionally and beyond.

Every individual at SCCA plays a unique role in supporting our mission. Our collective success hinges on each of us conducting ourselves in accord with a set of core values:

  • We are patient-centered. Everything we do must be linked to our ability to deliver better, safer outcomes for our patients.
  • We are innovative. We nurture an environment that fosters unconventional thinking, a passion for discovery, and the open-mindedness to invite discovery from unexpected places.
  • We are respectful. We are deeply respectful of our patients, their families, and each of our colleagues who serve them in so many different and important ways.
  • We are collaborative. We understand that asking for and offering help in how to do better is not just a right, but among our most important responsibilities.
  • We are agile. We cannot just be comfortable with change; we must embrace it as proof that we are making progress.
  • We are responsible: Because our work is focused on people's well-being, we approach it with the highest level of ethical, fiduciary, and environmental responsibility.

SCCA is ranked by US News & World Report as the #5 Cancer Hospital in the nation. By joining us, you will help establish new clinical models for cancer patients in a dynamic environment.


SCCA is seeking a massage therapist to serve within its new Integrative Oncology clinical program.

As a licensed massage therapist, you will provide intensive evidence-based symptom and side effect management and ensure medically safe practices in compliance with all center and institutional policies, as a member of a multidisciplinary care team in SCCA’s outpatient clinic. This role will collaborate closely with a core team, including nurse practitioners, naturopathic physicians, acupuncturists, nutritionists, social workers, physical therapists, psychiatry, pain management and palliative care clinics, oncologists, nurses and clinical researchers. This position will report to clinical operations within SCCA, and work in partnership with Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center’s Public Health Sciences and Clinical Research Divisions.


This role requires both highly-developed clinical skills and program development ingenuity as SCCA launches massage therapy services across a diverse oncology population. The massage therapist is familiar with recent research regarding massage, especially in cancer care. This role will serve the Integrative Oncology program in developing and implementing research protocols in order to inform the growing evidence-base for the use of integrative therapies in oncology care.




Primary Responsibilities:

  • Provide clinical leadership in implementing delivery of outpatient massage therapy services to SCCA’s oncology patient population.
  • Use evidence-based massage therapy techniques to treat cancer patient symptoms and treatment side effects.
  • Work with Medical Director to develop and implement massage therapy research protocols, serve on research committees, and participate with educational programming for colleagues.
  • Evaluate and document patient progress related to symptom management and services rendered, interfacing across multi-modality clinical care and electronic medical record.
  • Serve on multi-disciplinary Integrative Oncology clinical care team; develop and implement workflows which provide appropriate and timely access to massage therapy based on cancer diagnosis, patient need, and symptomatology.


Required Qualifications:

  • 3+ years licensed massage therapist experience, including demonstrated clinical experience with cancer and/or other critically ill populations and appropriate massage therapy techniques utilized for management of symptoms and treatment side effects.
  • Formal training on the use of massage with oncology patient populations.
  • Critical thinker with an interest in program development and leadership.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong aptitude and enthusiasm for establishing patient rapport, delivery of patient education and explaining acupuncture treatment services.
  • Strength in developing, organizing and sustaining written procedures and documentation.
  • Familiarity with Electronic Medical Record systems.
  • Self-awareness and a professional demeanor.
  • Additional clinical degree or certification (RD, LMT, RN, MA, MSW, etc)
  • Training in research methods
  • Must be a massage therapist licensed by the WA State Dept of Health or meet criteria to obtain Washington State license
  • Nationally certified in therapeutic massage.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Cross-trained in yoga therapy with experience working in oncology patient populations.
  • Clinical research experience, including development of clinical trial protocols, interpreting data, and publishing manuscripts.
  • Leadership experience with program development or clinical management.
  • Process improvement experience (lean leader, six-sigma, continuous performance improvement, etc.).
  • Familiarity with medical insurance payment administration, and massage therapy coverage determination.
  • Ability to navigate organizational complexity within academic, research and/or multi-modal health systems.
  • Formal training in research methods

Our Commitment to Diversity

We are committed to cultivating a workplace in which diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity and VEVRAA Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, political ideology, or membership in any other legally protected class. We are an Affirmative Action employer. We encourage individuals with diverse backgrounds to apply and desire priority referrals of protected veterans. If due to a disability you need assistance/and or a reasonable accommodation during the application or recruiting process, please send a request to our Employee Services Center at or by calling 206-667-4700.