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Building Bridges To Promote Integrated Cancer Care: -
Leading Charity Launches 2006 Courses For Complementary Therapists

�I applaud the work Bristol Cancer Help Centre is doing through its training programme for health professionals and complementary therapists to identify and break down barriers to high quality integrated cancer care.�
Professor Mike Richards, National Cancer Director.

 �This pioneering charity represents the gold standard in complementary care in cancer� 
Karol Sikora, Professor of Cancer Medicine, Imperial School of Medicine, Hammersmith Hospital.

�I absolutely know that coming to the Centre made a fundamental difference to my ability to cope with cancer, the treatment and to look forward with hope.  The people at the Centre helped me to save my life.�
Michele Eve, playgroup worker and mother of three, Bristol.

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25 years after first opening its door as a voluntary pilot project operating from the home of its co-founder Pat Pilkington MBE,  Bristol Cancer Help Centre - the first and leading cancer charity in the UK to offer holistic care for mind, body and spirit using the now world-renowned Bristol Approach to cancer care today published it�s 2006 education programme of education courses for complementary therapists.

The charity�s respected education programme which attracts therapists from around the UK and as far afield as Hong Kong, Canada and Australia, includes a University of West of England accredited course programme incorporating reflective practice and work-based learning.   Therapists successfully completing the programme gain a Certificate In Working With People With Cancer marking their development of greater

insight into the impact of a diagnosis and improved understanding of how to develop their professional skills and learn new skills to help them better support their clients affected by cancer.  Course graduates have previously been awarded their Certificates by experts in the field including Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Cancer Dr. Ian Gibson MP, Medical Director of the Avon & Somerset Cancer Network, Consultant Surgeon Simon Cawthorn, and National Cancer �Czar� Professor Mike Richards.

In addition to fifteen existing courses for complementary therapists attending the education programme, three new courses for are on offer for 2006:  The Bristol Approach To Nutrition In Cancer Management, Guided Imagery and Spontaneous Imagery.  

�A recent survey showed that some 29.4% of people with cancer in the UK use complementary and alternative medicine.  In tandem with this growing interest in CAM by the public, there is growing interest amongst many complementary therapists in developing their professional expertise, learning more about the impact of a diagnosis and finding out how they can better support the growing numbers of clients they encounter who are dealing with their own diagnosis � or that of a loved one.� Explains Head of Education at the Centre Ruth Sewell PhD, she adds:
�Bristol Cancer Help Centre is the acknowledged leader in the field of complementary and holistic cancer care, with 25 years experience of assessing and meeting peoples physical, emotional and spiritual support needs following a cancer diagnosis.  We have developed our education courses - including the increasingly popular Certificate programme to share this  unique expertise with complementary therapists interested in learning more about how to use complementary therapies, practical advice on nutrition and lifestyle, and supportive self-help strategies including relaxation,  meditation and guided imagery to support their clients with cancer. 
�Therapists on our courses also have an opportunity to better understand people�s experience of mainstream cancer services, and to learn how to develop good working
relationships with health professionals in order to promote joined up and integrated cancer care which can only improve people�s cancer journeys.�

Jacqui Mexson a Certificate a 2005 course graduate and holistic therapist comments:
 �The Certificate course took me on a personal journey which I believe has made me a much better therapist.  By exploring my own suppressed fears, bringing them to the surface and dealing with them, I feel more able to support my clients in expressing and releasing difficult feelings.  One of the biggest fears that people with cancer may face, is an inability to deal with their emotions, so it is important for a complementary therapist to help be able to help in this area.
�The course was also important in reinforcing my own belief in the value of massage in helping people come to terms with and accept changes their bodies have gone through.  Sadly, many massage therapists through fear and ignorance refuse to work with people with cancer.  With the power and comfort of therapeutic touch we have the opportunity to make someone with cancer realize they are still a whole, beautiful person.  Giving them back this belief in themselves, can often also help the open more to those close to them instead of shutting them out which is often the case.�

For more details and to order a copy of the 2006 Education Brochure listing all courses for complementary therapists please contact Bristol Cancer Help Centre Education team on tel: 0117 980 9520 or email dflay@bristolcancerhelp.org


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Notes to editors   
1. Bristol Cancer Help Centre�s 2006 education programme for complementary therapists consists of four education weeks comprising a total of eighteen courses and is run by an experienced team including Ruth Sewell, RN, PhD, Director of Education at the Centre nurse and
psychotherapist who writes and lectures on holistic cancer care, Dr. Clare Jetha MBChB, DRCOG, RCGP, a doctor specializing in integrative medicine and former Principal in General Practice in Bristol , nurse and massage therapist at the Centre Kate McKenzie, RN, BSc(Hons), MTI, IIR, senior nutritional therapist at the Centre Elizabeth Butler BSc (Hons), Dip ION, Director of the Massage Training Institute and massage therapist at the Centre Andy Fagg, Senior Psychotherapist at the Centre and former lecturer at Westminster University Marianne Fitzgerald-Klein PhD, founding member of the Centre and Senior Healer Janet Swan, and Principal Lecturer In Cancer Care at the University of the West of England Pat Turton.
2. On 12th October 2005 the charity launched it�s New Dawn Appeal at a Reception at the House of
Lords hosted by Lord Waldegrave.  The public and companies UK wide are being invited to donate to the Appeal for �4.5 million to enable Bristol Cancer Help Centre to expand its support information and training programmes, and to deliver these from its first ever purpose-built National Centre.
3. The Bristol Cancer Help Centre was founded 25 years ago in October 1980 by Penny Brohn a woman living with cancer, and her great friend Pat Pilkington MBE to support people living with cancer and those close to them.  
4. It is the UK�s first and leading holistic cancer charity that has pioneered and specialises in the world-famous Bristol Approach to cancer care that provides a unique range of physical, emotional and spiritual support to help people to deal with the challenges a cancer diagnosis brings.
5. The charity offers information and support through a range of therapy courses at the Centre including the Bristol Approach two-day and Bristol Retreat five-day residential courses, offering people affected by cancer complementary therapies, practical advice on nutrition and lifestyle, and stress-reducing self-help techniques.
6. The charity�s Cancerpoint service enables people affected by cancer within easy access of Bristol to benefit from 3,000 individual booked appointments a year with the Centre�s therapy team including nutritional and massage therapists. 
7. The Bristol Approach works hand in hand with medical treatment, and is delivered by the charity�s experienced teams of doctors, nurses and complementary therapists.  
8. The charity works to promote an integrated approach in mainstream cancer services, and develop good practice in the field of complementary cancer care, with over 500 training places a
year available to health professionals and complementary therapists, wanting to use the Bristol Approach in their own work  to support people with cancer.
9. For information and support contact the National Telephone Helpline on 0845 123 23 10 email
helpline@bristolcancerhelp.org or log onto www.bristolcancerhelp.org