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Cancer Care

Complementary Therapies in Cancer Care – An Overview

More and more people with a cancer diagnosis are researching the treatment options available to them, prior to, and informing, their treatment plan. Some people choose standard allopathic treatment alone, some choose complementary therapy alongside allopathic treatment [this approach is called integrative medicine] and some people choose a purely holistic, or alternative, treatment plan. Supportive ... Read more

Yes to Life Annual Conference Cancer Care

Yes to Life Annual Conference 2017 As you know I attended the Yes to Life annual conference in London a couple of weeks ago.  Yes to Life are a brilliant charity supporting those with acancer diagnosis and their families. Yes to Life empower people with cancer to make informed decisions about their cancer care options, they provide information to guide people through the often ... Read more

Macmillan Cancer Centre, UCLH NHS Trust, London 2014 to 2015

Promotion saw me move from Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust to being Senior Complementary Therapist and Service Manager for the UCLH complementary therapy service at the Macmillan Cancer Center, UCLH NHS Trust in London. This was a short term contract covering a career break and gave my a great opportunity to both expand my ... Read more

Dimbleby Cancer Care, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust, 2013 to 2104

After working with the team at Sue Ryder and on the wards at West Berkshire Community Hospital, I knew I wanted to work full time in trauma care, on an NHS ward if I could. These positions are few and far between in the UK and are rarely paid. I applied immediately upon seeing the ... Read more

The Christie NHS Trust Manchester, 2012 to 2013

When my journey began into the world of cancer care in 2011, I wanted to find robust post graduate training in complementary therapies to ensure safe practice. I was surprised to find no specialised training for paediatric oncology complementary therapies in the UK, but in my search came across a diploma course in ‘Adapting Complementary ... Read more

Aromatherapist with Sue Ryder, 2013

My first clinical experience in offering complementary therapies within Cancer Care was as an Aromatherapist for Sue Ryder, in their Charles Clore Day Hospice. The Charles Clore Day Hospice is a day therapy unit based at the West Berkshire Community Hospital which specialises in caring for and supporting patients with life-threatening illnesses, and their families. ... Read more

Restore and Revitalise Retreat at Puyssentut, France 2016

Puyssentut is a retreat in SW France for people with, or recovering from, cancer. It is a haven where you can relax and begin to let go of the stress of dealing with cancer and take time to reconnect to yourself and the simple pleasures of life, in a caring and nurturing environment. I was ... Read more

Complementary Therapies in Cancer and Palliative Care

We know that the physical and emotional impact of a cancer diagnosis and its treatment can be very challenging. More and more people are using complementary therapies to help manage their stress and anxiety before, during and after treatment. There is a growing body of evidence to suggest that complementary therapies: encourages relaxation eases pain ... Read more