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Notes to editors

  1. The Penny Brohn Memorial Lecture was established in 2002 in memory of the co-founder of the Bristol Cancer Help Centre and is a tribute to Penny's questioning spirit. The Lecture is a forum for debating current and emerging issues in cancer care that may be neglected by mainstream discussion and research. It is an important opportunity for speakers to explore ways in which people with cancer can regain some measure of control over their health and wellbeing the pursuit of which was Penny's passion.
  2. The Bristol Cancer Help Centre was founded in 1980 by the late 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.
  3. It is the UK's 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.
  4. The charity offers information and support through Bristol Approach two day and Bristol Retreat five day residential courses at the Centre providing people affected by cancer with a unique programme combining complementary therapies, self-help techniques, practical advice on nutrition, and emotional support. A range of follow up courses are also available.
  5. The charity's Cancerpoint service enables people affected by cancer in the Bristol area, Somerset and Wiltshire to access individual appointments with the Centre's therapy team.
  6. The Bristol Approach works hand in hand with conventional medical treatment, and has been developed and is delivered by the charity's experienced multidisciplinary team of doctors, nurses and complementary therapists.
  7. The charity also works to integrate a holistic approach into mainstream cancer services, and to develop good practice in the field of complementary cancer care, with over 500 training places a year for health professionals and complementary therapists a year, in using the Bristol Approach in their work to support people with cancer.
  8. For information and support contact the Bristol Cancer Help Centre National Telephone Helpline on 0845 123 23 10 email or log onto

"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.