Angie's Spa

To purchase a massage for a cancer patient you can do so now by clicking the “Donate Now” button in the upper right hand corner of the website. First time donors will have to register. Once registered, simply pull down “designation” tab and choose Angie’s Spa Massage for Cancer Patients. The cost of a massage is $25 and lasts for 20 to 30 minutes depending on the patient.

Thanks to the generosity of Angie's Spa, Northridge Hospital Leavey Cancer Center is offering free onsite massages to those receiving inpatient and outpatient treatments. Services included hand, foot, and neck/shoulder massages. In FY 2016, we provided 1,546 massages.

The program initially employed one part time massage therapist once a week. Now, due to the program’s success, and the expressed want of the patients, the program incorporates three days of massages. So much enthusiasm was expressed toward this program, and in an attempt to appeal to patients on a greater scale, we are now employing both a male and female masseuse.

For people affected by cancer, complementary and holistic treatments have been proven to decrease stress, anxiety, depression and fatigue by reducing pain and alleviating some of the side effects of traditional medical treatments. Angie's Spa provides cancer patients a break from a life of managing the disease and gives them a gift for their spirit, their soul and their self esteem.

The hospital is very fortunate to offer these complimentary care services and the patients that have experienced these massages and touch techniques have expressed great appreciation for the program.

Our patients thank Angie's Spa for the wonderful support, and here are a few patient comments:

  • "At 83 years old, Anna had her first therapeutic leg and foot massage at Northridge Hospital’s Leavey Cancer Center and loved it! Anna commented, “after I have chemotherapy, my toes get swollen and it feels like someone is hammering nails in my feet. The massage was so relaxing and took away the pain.”

  • A foot massage is very relaxing and I would recommend it to everyone. The best part is that it relaxes me for a long time. It’s a great idea for chemotherapy patients. Gabby, my massage therapist, smiled the whole time and is very personable. What a treat!”

  • “After chemotherapy, my hands and feet are cold, tingling and numb. The hand massage warms me up and takes away the numbing sensation. The foot massage gave me hours of relief. What a great gift!”  

You can learn more about Angie's Spa by going to their website. Founded in memory of Angie Levy, Angie’s Spa is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that funds hospital programs across the country with the express purpose of providing FREE therapeutic spa services to cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.

Angie’s Spa is an all volunteer organization that is funded entirely through private donations, and 100% of donations go directly toward hospital programs.



Cancer Patients "Ooooh" and "Ahhhh" over Free Massages.  

Seventy-seven-year-old Natividad Jumarang can't stop talking about the last massage she had. It wasn't at a salon, but rather at Northridge Hospital’s Leavey Cancer Center in the comfort of her hospital bed.

“We didn't even know this kind of service existed,” expresses Natividad’s daughter Lilibeth. “Sometimes cancer patients get depressed, but the massage lifted my mom’s spirits and put her in a good mood -- and it was free!” Natividad, who is fighting lung cancer, is one of many patients who has benefited from free hand, foot, head, neck and chair massages, compliments of Angie’s Spa, a 501(c)(3) foundation.

“Patients most often tell me that massage helps them relax, and makes it easier for them to come for cancer treatments,” explains Cancer Center massage therapist’s, Gaby and Christian Gonzales. Angie’s Spa has provided generous grants to Northridge Hospital Foundation to provide massages to both inpatient and outpatient cancer patients. The massages are proven to decrease stress and alleviate some side effects of treatment.

“The massage therapist helps heal our patient’s spirits while I heal their body,” says Asim Billoo, radiation therapist. “It is always amazing to see the effect this service has on our patients’ well-being.” Some patients have even said the dim lights make the treatment room have a zen spa-like feeling.

“The massage program is a nice break for cancer patients who often undergo many invasive procedures and therapies,” explains patient navigator Jen Zeltser, MPH. “The compassionate touch of therapeutic massage can reduce their pain, stress and anxiety during treatment for the cancer.”

It’s been several weeks since Natividad was discharged from the hospital, but she remembers Angie’s Spa fondly. “My mom tells all of her friends and family about this wonderful service and they're all surprised it’s offered,” says Lilibeth. “I hope the hospital continues providing massages because it really makes a difference.”

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