Here at the South East Cancer Help Centre we offer a Complementary therapy service to people affected by cancer within the last 3 years. The therapies will be to complement any conventional treatment you may be having/had and are not an alternative.

Complementary therapies are used alongside conventional treatments in some hospitals and hospices in the UK. Many doctors are happy for their patients to use complementary therapies , although some have been reluctant to endorse therapies because they may not have been scientifically tested in large trials by Western medical researchers. A large number of people in the UK use complementary therapies regularly to maintain their health. The therapies aim to help people to relax, reduce stress levels and enhance their feelings of well-being. No reputable therapies would claim to be able to "cure" cancer.

Under normal circumstances, we have on offer Aromatherapy, Reflexology, Massage, Reiki, Hypnotherapy, Nutrition, Facials, Manicures & Pedicures, Hair & Wig advice and group activities which include Drama, Arts & Crafts, Singing, Pilates, Yoga and Tai Chi. Information about individual therapies is available at the Centre.

We ask that you sit in the Centre for a few minutes after your treatment before you travel home.

If you experience any problems please contact the Centre Manager on 0208 668 0974. You may also speak to the Manager if you have any concerns, complaints or compliments. This will be in the strictest of confidence.

All our therapists are fully qualified members of a relevant professional association, which ensures that they meet or exceed agreed standards and that they are insured to practice.

Aromatherapists, massage therapists, reflexologists, and our nutritional therapist will also be registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council, which is a new regulatory body endorsed by the NHS. A regulatory body acts in the interest of the public and works with the professions to agree and oversee minimum standards. Other therapies will be added to the register in the near future.

If you would like further treatments privately please contact the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council tel 0203 178 2199 or the relevant regulatory body. A list of these can be found in the Macmillan booklet on Cancer and Complementary therapies (page 45 onwards) which is available in the Centre.

Please note that the Cancer Information and Support Centre of the SE/SW Cancer Network does not endorse any individual therapist's therapy or services that do not fulfil the Network criteria.