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What will be covered on my course?

What is covered on my course?

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Our post graduate qualifications are information rich - this is why we ask that you complete a Pre Course Learning booklet before attending the day. The pre course learning acts as an introduction to oncology holistic and beauty therapies and will hopefully answer some of your questions. The information covered on the course day is tailored to the therapy being taught. Please see below for some of the topics covered on our oncology holistic and beauty therapy courses.

During the course you will learn:

  • The biology of cancer
  • Main treatments for cancer and their side-effects
  • The biological mechanisms underlying the common side-effects of treatment for cancer
  • The ways in which the main treatments for cancer impact the disease and what can go wrong
  • The skincare and well-being products that are suitable when working with cancer patients
  • The natural and organic ingredients that may cause harm when used on those living with and beyond cancer
  • Beneficial ingredients in natural and organic skincare for cancer patients
  • Medical devices that you may encounter when working with those going through treatment for cancer
  • The purpose of the medical devices associated with treatment for cancer and their purpose
  • Scalp care for cancer patients – you are likely to meet clients affected by cancer who are experiencing temporary hair loss
  • The ways in which touch can be adapted so that you are able to welcome everyone living with and beyond cancer, no matter what their condition or experience
  • The main contraindications to touch for those living with and beyond cancer
  • Emotional impact of diagnosis and treatment
  • Personal impact of a cancer diagnosis
  • The language of cancer, it's treatment and how to welcome your new clients
  • The hygiene standards required when working with cancer patients and how these differ from the standard taught during our entry level qualifications
  • The ways in which therapists can look after themselves as well as others, emotionally and physically 
  • The requirements of the laws in place to protect the client and the therapist
  • The simple steps that can be taken to ensure compliance with relevant legislation
  • The consent process 


  In addition, your therapists will also cover 

  • The evidence to support the many well-proven benefits of facial massage for cancer patients. All of the references underpinning this knowledge are included in the workbook, allowing therapists to conduct further detailed research into any areas of particular interest.
  • The ways in which touch can be adapted to enable you to welcome all to enjoy your oncology touch therapies, no matter what their condition or concerns
  • Physical adaptations and procedural adaptations are both considered
  • The products (massage oils, skincare and essential oil blends) that can be used and their therapeutic benefits – ours therapies are results driven and the products used are as important as the touch therapy
  • Oncology treatments in a clinical setting
  • The language to use when liaising with an oncology healthcare team
  • The consent process
  • Mindful consultation and record keeping (we will work with you prior to the course to ensure that all new requirements fit seamlessly with existing processes
  • Five safe and effective oncology treatment routines that can be adapted to be offered to all, no matter what their condition or concern
  • Individual adaptations to the oncology treatment routines
  • Adaptation decision making
  • How to make a client comfortable
  • Aftercare
  • Home care
  • Standardised and recognised methods of collecting data to prove the effectiveness of your oncology massage therapies


To find out more about our Post Graduate Oncology Therapy Diplomas click here

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