I'd like to start doing In Focus posts on the forum. The idea is that there would be a topic for the month. At the start of each month I'd do an introductory post for the broad topic with some links to information. Then each week for the rest of the month there would be further information on areas related to the topic.
So, for example, for February the topic is Complementary Therapies (as you may have guessed from this post's title). I'll put some links to useful information below. Then it would be really great if you could comment to share your experience and knowledge for the community to see, and also to let me know anything you'd like to see in the following weeks regarding related areas eg aromatherapy, herbal supplements, naturopathy etc.
They idea isn't to provide an exhaustive list but just some starting points for information and start a discussion where you can share what you know. The links will be to safe, reliable websites so that those of you who would like information but avoid Google have some links you can click in good faith.
Here are some useful links for anyone interested in complementary therapies:
The Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine is an NHS hospital (part of UCLH), which offers a Complementary Cancer Care Service to complement conventional cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and surgery. You can ask to be referred for NHS treatment although funding may depend on your local CCG decisions. uclh.nhs.uk/OurServices/Ser...
Many of you know Penny Brohn UK, who run free courses on living well with cancer through an integrated approach: pennybrohn.org.uk/ They are based in Bristol and the courses are mainly residential, but they also provide days in different regions.
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre has a really useful database of Integrative Medicine which lists herbs and supplements, their uses, how they work, side effects and interactions here: mskcc.org/cancer-care/diagn...
To ensure your safety during complementary treatment, it is vital to use a qualified practitioner. There will be registers of appropriately trained professionals for different therapies. If you have any problems identifying the appropriate register please get in touch with me and I'll be happy to find out for you. Cancer Research UK has good suggestions of questions to ask your therapist here: cancerresearchuk.org/about-...
I hope this is a helpful starting point for information. If you have any questions or queries, or any suggestions for topics, please do get in touch.
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