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Complementary therapies

There is some evidence to show that complementary therapies can improve the physical and mental wellbeing of people with cancer. However, there is no evidence to show that complementary therapies can cure cancer. 

Depending on your type of cancer and the treatment you are having, some complementary therapies may not be suitable for you. If you are considering using complementary therapies to support you through your cancer and its treatment it is important to discuss this beforehand with a member of your healthcare team.   

Click on the coloured text links below for more information:

Local complementary therapy services 

Sue Young Cancer Support

The charity has a range of complementary therapies on offer. For further information please click on the heading above or phone Sue Young Cancer Support. Telephone: 0116 223 0055.

The Leicestershire and Rutland Hospice (LOROS)

Offers a range of complementary treatments to patients and relatives, primarily to enhance well-being and quality of life.

 For further information please click on the heading above or phone: 0116 231 3771.

 Look Good Feel Better are running virtual workshops:

  •  Nail care virtual workshops
  • Skin care and make-up virtual workshops
  • Men's skin fitness workshops

If you are interested in joining these online workshops, contact Look Good Feel Better:

Email: info@lgfb.co.uk


General information 

Macmillan Cancer Support - complementary therapies pages

Macmillan Cancer Support aims to improve the lives of people affected by cancer by providing practical, medical, emotional and financial support. Also produces booklets on different types of cancer and on aspects of living with cancer. 

Freephone helpline – 0808 808 00 00

Cancer Research UK – complementary and alternative therapies pages

The Cancer Research UK website has information on different types of cancer and living with cancer.

Cancer Research UK freephone helpline: 0808 800 4040

Penny Brohn UK

A national charity offering support to people living with cancer in the UK.

For other sources of further information about complementary therapies please contact the Cancer Information Centre. 

This page last reviewed 18/05/2022