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Complementary therapies

Complementary therapies used alongside conventional cancer treatments may help you with the emotional and physical effects of breast cancer and its treatments, for example:

• Acupuncture    
• Aromatherapy
• Art therapy
• Herbal medicine
• Counselling
• Homeopathy
• Hypnotherapy
• Massage
• Mindfulness
• Reflexology
• Reiki
• Shiatsu and acupressure
• Yoga, Tai Chi and Chi Gung

 

However, it is very important that before you commence any complementary therapy, you must speak to your Surgeon, Oncologist, Breast Care Nurse (Key-Worker), Chemotherapy Nurse or GP beforehand, to check whether it is compatible with your treatment.

Some complementary therapies may interact with your breast cancer treatment. You will be advised to avoid certain complementary therapies if the way in which your breast cancer treatment works could be affected. This is because your cancer treatment may become less effective or the side effects of the cancer treatment may be increased. This is particularly the case with some herbs and dietary supplements.


Coping with Cancer provide some complementary therapies free of charge for cancer patients and their families in Leicestershire and Rutland. You can refer yourself or ask your Breast Care Nurse (Key-Worker) to refer you.


Coping with Cancer is open: Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm.
Tel: 0116 2230055  Email: info@c-w-c.org.uk  Website: www.c-w-c.org.uk


The Haven provides support, information and complementary therapies for anyone affected by breast cancer. Its services are free of charge and they are located in London, Hereford, Yorkshire, Wessex and Worcestershire, but anyone can attend as there are no geographical restrictions. You can refer yourself or ask your Breast Care Nurse (Key-Worker) to refer you.
Tel: 02073840099  Email: info@thehaven.org.uk  Website: www.thehaven.org.uk


For more information on complementary therapies, please refer to:
www.breastcancercare.org.uk
www.cancerresearchuk.org
www.macmillan.org.uk