Patients suffering from chronic illnesses seek out CAM services to satisfy a need not met by conventional medical practices or because they want to improve both their physical and emotional wellbeing (Featherstone and Hammick, 1999, Sharples et al., 2003, Mao et al., 2008, Scott et al., 2005).
My post-doctoral research at the University of Surrey reviewed the confidence and perceived skills of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) practitioners in providing care and symptom management for those clients post cancer therapy. It revealed the need for us to re-evaluate how we manage and support cancer survivors after they leave the secondary care platform. Almost two million people in the UK have experienced cancer and have survived; a number which is set to increase by an average of 3% per year. Although cancer survivorship is improving as a direct result of better screening, better management and more complex treatment regimes, a cancer diagnosis can mean coping with both physical and psychological symptoms after the end of active treatment. This one-day workshop addresses pain as one of the late and long-term consequences of cancer and its treatments. We will take a look at the causes of pain in Cancer Survivors and review ways in which we can support our clients in pain with reflexology.
During this workshop we will consider the pain associated with:
Chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy
Radiation toxicity induced pain
Persistent post-surgical pain
Pain as a consequence of Hormonal Therapy
What we can do support clients in pain using a combination of reflexology techniques