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 well-being (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 alone have experienced cancer and have survived; a number which is set to increase by an average of 3% per year. Cancer survivorship is improving as a direct result of better screening, better management and more complex treatment regimes, but a cancer diagnosis can mean coping with both physical and psychological symptoms long after the end of active treatment.
This two-day workshop addresses pain as one of the late and long-term consequences . We will take a look at the causes of pain in Cancer Survivors, how surgery can change tissue integrity and what effect that has on pain. We will also review ways in which we can support our clients in pain with reflexology through a combination of theory and practice.
To ensure you are able to apply these techniques in your clinical environment, at least 60% of the workshop will focus on practical skills.