Complementary Medicine & The Cancer Patient

Course Goals:

This course will teach the biomedical aspects of cancer, the comorbidities of cancer, different allopathic treatments of the cancer patient and how Complementary Therapies can support this process.

You will learn how to adapt your Complementary Therapy to help support the patient suffering with cancer through the various stages of their treatment.

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Course Description:

Over the past decade Complementary Medicine has been increasingly recognised as a form of supportive care alongside more traditional allopathic cancer treatments resulting in Complementary therapies being provided for palliative care in hospitals, hospices and GP surgeries.

The unique needs of cancer patients are often not discussed during practitioners’ training. Practitioners can refuse to treat patients with cancer having trained to think of cancer as a contra-indication due to the outdated (and now disproven) theory that massage or reflexology strokes could cancer cells to spread from the primary site.

There is increasing patient demand for Complementary Therapies from patients suffering from cancer.

On Completion:

This Course certifies for 7 hours of group learning.


Understand basic medical terminology utilised in the treatment of the cancer patient.

Explain the differences between chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

Recognise when a patient can be treated safely and when not to treat a patient suffering with cancer.

Confidently and effectively support the cancer patient with Complementary Therapy.

Adapt your Complementary Therapy to safely meet the unique needs of the cancer patient during the stage of treatment and mobility.

Have more confidence in applying for roles within the NHS and Hospices within the palliative care setting.

Course Prerequisites:

You must be a qualified Reflexologist, Massage therapist, Aromatherapist or Manual therapist (Level 3 or above) to attend this Course.

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Your Tutors:

Panna Vaidya BSc (Hons) MSc MBAAP

Panna comes from a traditional lineage of Ayurvedic Doctors and is a full qualified UK Ayurvedic Practitioner receiving both her undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Ayurvedic Medicine at Middlesex University, London. Whilst completing her degrees Panna conducted research into the effects of combining traditional ayurvedic herbs with conventional medicine, for which she was recognised. Panna [...]

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