Cancer Care

Assisting individuals facing cancer to enhance their quality of life and lessen the effects of the disease and treatments.

Will I be cured - Cancer around the body

Will I be cured?

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Firstly, I want to be clear – professional therapists, are not here to treat or cure the disease that is cancer.

Cancer is spread as a result of biological forces within the body and there is no substitute for modern treatment – surgery, chemotherapy or radiotherapy – in the fight against it.

Understanding all the biological details around cancer and all the various forms that exist is beyond the realms of therapists.

However, both the disease itself and treatment of the disease cause a vast array of negative impacts on the body and by supporting the patient holistically, we can consider and support the impacts beyond the direct disease itself.

How can essential oils help?

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From the initial diagnosis, it is an emotional rollercoaster.

A patient may experience some, or many of the following: Shock of hearing the diagnosis, anxiety and panic of what lies ahead, confusion and overwhelm with all the information to digest, guilt about hurting and upsetting loved ones, worry about potential financial concerns, sadness if the long term prognosis is negative, joy if positive news is received.

Physical impacts can include, pain, wounds and scars following surgery, nausea and sickness from chemotherapy, and fatigue from treatment. The body’s ability to fight infection is lowered following treatment so there is an increased risk of infection.

Essential oils are powerful and through inhalation, there are oils that can be used to manage the emotions. Using diffusers at home helps to create the desired atmosphere – whether this is calming and soothing or uplifting and energising – to support whatever emotion is being felt at that time. Anger, grief, guilt and low mood are all emotions that have been proven to be helped with essential oils. Inhalation sticks and / or aroma jewellery are simple and portable ways of keeping essential oils with you throughout the day so you have them on hand when you feel you need them.

Research has shown there are many essential oils known to support immunity and to reduce pain that can be used via inhalation or via topical applications blended by a trained professional and personalised to each patient.

For many patients, there may simply be a desire to still feel ‘normal’. Using essential oils for personalised skin care products such as moisturisers, skin rubs, or bath salts can make the patient feel pampered and special whilst still receiving the therapeutic benefits of essential oils.

Supporting cancer with essential oils
Essential oils in supporting cancer
Remember the carer

Beyond the patient

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When a diagnosis of cancer is received, the primary focus is on the patient, their physical and emotional state, and supporting them through what lies ahead. As the patient comes first, the care givers are overlooked, and their feelings and needs are often put aside and those around the patient are often forgotten.

As a friend or family member offering care and support to the patient, this can be physically and emotionally draining, stressful and promote similar feelings as the patient. Care givers often help with day-to day activities such as preparing food, self-care and using the bathroom and arranging and taking patients to medical appointments, administrating medicines and offering emotional support.

Care givers can face burnout and put themselves at a greater risk of both physical and emotional illness that can be exacerbated as the patient’s journey lengthens or condition deteriorates.

They may struggle with fatigue or sleep disturbances and the use of essential oils could help them along with any emotional pain they are dealing with. Should the patient pass away, essential oils can also be offered to the friend/family care giver for bereavement support.

If a friend/family care giver is mindful of their own health and seeks support and guidance to manage any emotions or physical effects from caring for the patient, this will in the long run benefit the patient as the care giver will be in better health themselves and able to offer more support and be more resilient.

All patient’s experience with cancer is unique which is why my service is tailored to the individual every time, ensuring that the service I provide is client centred.