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What is the Bristol Approach?

Developed by doctors, nurses, therapists and people with cancer, the Bristol Approach is a unique combination of complementary therapies and self-help techniques, including practical advice on nutrition, to help people to change the way they live with cancer.

The Approach recognises that medical treatment alone is often not enough.

Based on the science of Psycho-neuro-immunology (PNI), which shows clearly the impact our emotions have on our physical well-being, the Bristol Approach teaches practical techniques and tools that can be learned and practised in the home.

The Approach enables those with cancer to more easily manage the day-to-day challenges that cancer brings, and also to benefit more fully from medical treatment.

The Bristol Approach is specifically designed to work hand-in-hand with conventional medical treatment, and is supported by leading oncologists and others in the healthcare field.

The Bristol Approach also recognises that close family and friends of those living with cancer face their own challenges. Combining practical advice with emotional support, the Bristol Approach gives supporters the help they need to manage their own distress and to give them the strength to cope with the everyday challenges of supporting someone living with cancer.

The Bristol Approach is taught on residential courses in Bristol because it is important that people come away from home to concentrate on their own health and well-being without all the demands that family and friends can make on time and attention.

The Bristol Approach is also available on courses and workshops for healthcare professionals and complementary therapists wanting to learn about and use the Approach in their own work with people with cancer.

"It has been a great satisfaction to me to see how strongly the approach pioneered at Bristol has influenced the development and improvement of cancer services all over Britain."

HRH The Prince of Wales

Patron of the Bristol Cancer Help Centre.