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The Bristol Cancer Help Centre welcomed the visit of Shadow Health Secretary Dr. Liam Fox M.P. to find out about how a holistic approach can support people living with cancer. The charity is currently inviting key decision-makers in the cancer sector to witness first hand the benefits of the world-renowned Bristol Approach.

Dr. Liam Fox M.P., the Shadow Health Secretary visited the Centre on Friday 6th September to meet Chief Executive Christopher Head, and members of the experienced multidisciplinary team. He wanted to learn about how the world-famous Bristol Approach can help meet the needs of people living with cancer and those close to them.

Chris Head explains:

�We believe that as soon as someone receives a cancer diagnosis they need access not only to medical treatment but also to support for their emotional needs, and advice on how to strengthen their immune system.
�We are contributing to the Government�s supportive care strategy because we believe that use of complementary therapies and self help techniques can maximise the benefits of conventional treatment, and help people with cancer to regain a sense of control over their lives.
� The Bristol Cancer Help Centre welcomes the Shadow Health Minister�s visit here, and would like to see greater cross-Party recognition of the benefits of a holistic approach for people with cancer and their carers. �

Dr. Liam Fox M.P. comments:

�I have long been a strong advocate of increasing patient choice and an approach that caters for the individual. Both as a local MP and a doctor I know the importance of supportive care to people living with cancer. That is why I applaud the work being done by the Bristol Cancer Help Centre to complement conventional treatment by caring for people�s emotional needs as well as giving sound advice about full and balanced nutrition.
�The Centre�s new Cancerpoint service, giving people in the Bristol area access to individual appointments with highly qualified complementary therapists, is a very valuable initiative, and I would welcome this facility being extended elsewhere.�


For more information/photos please contact Bristol Cancer Help Centre PR Manager Clare Benjamin on 0117 980 9515

Notes to editors

  1. 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 to support people living with cancer and those close to them. 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.

  2. The charity offers information and support through its National Telephone Helpline service. Bristol Approach residential courses at the Centre provide people affected by cancer with a unique programme of care combining complementary therapies, self-help techniques, including practical advice on nutrition, and emotional support. The charity�s Cancerpoint service enables people with cancer in the Bristol area to access individual appointments with the Centre�s therapy team.

  3. 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.

  4. 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, training over 500 health professionals and complementary therapists a year, in using the Bristol Approach to support people with cancer.

For information and support contact the Bristol Cancer Help Centre National Telephone Helpline on 0845 123 23 10 email helpline@bristolcancerhelp.org or log onto www.bristolcancerhelp.org


"I returned home after my residential week at the Bristol Cancer Help Centre a complete person once more, having been so lovingly given back all of the broken and lost parts of my soul - and shown how to keep them safe.  It truly was a life changing experience."

Trish Hill