The complementary health and wellbeing service at The Christie can be an integral part of a patient’s cancer journey.
Integrative therapies – including complementary therapies – can help patients with the stress of cancer treatment or help manage treatment side effects, such as sickness.
You can help us bring this important service to more cancer patients across the North West with a donation today.
Complementary therapies and cancer treatment
We have recently opened The Christie at Macclesfield as part of our vision to bring cancer care closer to home. You can now help patients to benefit from the complementary health and wellbeing service at all our Christie centres – Withington, Oldham, Salford and Macclesfield.
These are patients like Phil Gledhill, who was diagnosed with advanced testicular cancer last year. Phil not only needed emergency chemotherapy, but also extra help with the physical and emotional side effects of treatment. Read Phil’s story to see how complementary therapies helped him get through his cancer treatment.
Patients can need support with a cancer diagnosis, to manage treatment side-effects and stress and sometimes to deal with longer-term issues. For example, some cancer patients can struggle with peripheral neuropathy – pins and needles, numbness or pain in their extremities due to nerve damage as a result of their treatment or their cancer.
Acupuncture is a powerful tool in these situations, as it helps block the pain messages that are sent to the brain and can actually ease symptoms. Your donation could help pay for a course of acupuncture sessions and may facilitate the continuation of cancer treatment.
The complementary health and wellbeing service at The Christie is funded entirely by charitable donations. Please donate today and help us to offer complementary therapies to even more patients throughout their treatment.