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have told them. So they go without massage
because they are afraid.
“But therapists with oncology massage
training can see people with cancer at any
stage of their treatment and will be skilled
at taking specific medical histories so that
they know what they can and can’t do.
“By proudly stating that therapists in
a clinic have been trained to understand
cancer and the treatments, current patients
or those with a history of cancer will trust
they are in the right place.”
The organisation offers Oncology
Massage for Beauty Therapists training
courses at regular inter vals during the year.
The course teaches practitioners about
the science of cancer, cancer treatments,
appropriate products for cancer clients,
and the importance of organic and safe
massage techniques that trigger the
“ Therapists who have had training
in oncology massage also acquire the
ability to adjust their massage to take into
consideration the many side effects of
cancer and its treatment,” says Kylie.
“Oncology massage is all about pressure,
site and position. That is, know ing where
on the body you can work safely (are there
areas compromised by lymph node removal
or other treatment), being sure the client is
SCARS BE GONE
A REVOLUTIONARY topical treatment
for post-procedure care, wound
healing and scar management,
Stratamed "is the first film-forming
silicone gel-based dressing approved
for use on open wounds and
compromised skin", a ccording to its
manufacturers, Swiss pharmaceutical
"Stratamed allows prevention of
abnormal scarring to begin earlier
than ever before as it can be applied
to non-epithelialised skin.
"It can be used immediately after
general and cosmetic surgery and
dermatological interventions such as
laser treatments to reduce patient
downtime and improve the visible
outcome of the procedure.
" Stratamed is also suitable for 1st and
2nd degree burns, trauma and chronic
wounds to promote faster healing and
reduced inflammatory response."
As evidenced by the before and
after photos at left, Stratamed has also
shown dramatic results in healing burns
from cancer radiation therapy in cancer
and minimising (even eliminating) the
appearance of subsequent scarring.
Another boon for radiotherapy patients
is David Deans Radiation Burns Cream,
brainchild of an Australian skincare
company. Founder David Deans poured
a lifetime's knowledge into coming up
with the water-based formula after
watching his wife battle breast cancer.
Four years in rigorous research,
development and testing, it contains
a triple blend of natural antioxidants
and essential fatty acids (seabuckthorn
oil, aloe vera and beta glucan),
hyaluronic acid for intense hydration
and palmitoyl tri-peptide 5 for boosting
collagen synthesis. It is free of alcohols,
fragrances, aluminium and steroids.
It is also suitable for sunburn, minor
burns or recovering from chemical peels.
as comfortable as possible, perhaps using
bolsters and pillows for support. It’s all
about them! ”
Kylie explains that oncology massage is a
gentle pressure technique that triggers the
relaxation response, creating a feeling of
peace and tranquility for the client.
“ W ith that comes a reduction in pain,
anxiety, nausea, fatigue and depression and
can be used with any clients who are in a
fragile physical and emotional state,” she says.
“Even your regular clients will benefit from
the total relaxation that is oncology massage! ”
That the benefits of aesthetics
treatments for cancer patients cannot be
underestimated is demonstrated by the
ongoing success of the Look Good, Feel
Better program, that last year celebrated its
25th anniversar y in Australia.
It was founded by the Australian cosmetics
industry in 1990 and is administered through
the registered charitable organisation Cancer
Patients Foundation Limited. It is available in
25 other countries.
To date more than 115,000 people have
attended an LGFB workshop in Australia,
reaching nearly 10,000 people a year.
LGFB is managed by a small team
of paid employees and 1,500 trained
and certified cosmetic, beauty and
hairdressing professionals who volunteer
their time and expertise to help deliver
workshops across Australia.
Workshops are strictly non-medical,
product-neutral and non- commercial,
which means that volunteers and
participants may not promote their own
products, manufacturers or businesses
To date more than 115,000 people
have attended a Look Good Feel Better
workshop in Australia.
Before Stratamed for
radiation burn dermatitis
After Stratamed for
radiation burn dermatitis
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