CANCER CARE EXCELLENCE
|Kate (right) advises Margaret how to
Bristol Cancer Help Centre is seen as a centre of excellence in its field.
Its educational courses are so popular, the organisation desperately needs a new home.
The Bristol Approach’ to cancer care combines a range
of physical, emotional and spiritual support for those living with cancer.
It has been developed by doctors, nurses, therapists
and those with cancer, and uses a range of complimentary therapies and
self-help techniques to help people change the way they live with cancer.
It works hand in hand with conventional medical treatment.
Pat Pilkington, who co-founded the centre says, "When we started, we were
flying, we were working intuitively, but now the research has been done
that really demonstrates the connectedness of mind, motion, spirit and
|"I’ve come away from there feeling strong
and very positive."
The centre offers residential courses to those living
with cancer, where they are able to experience how a wide range of complimentary
therapies and self-help techniques can help them.
The popularity of these courses means that the centre
is now running out of space to be able to meet the needs of all those
who want to come to Bristol.
Pat Pilkington says, "We’ve outgrown this building...
Our plans have to include expanding. It’s awful to be saying to patients,
‘you can’t come.’"
Margaret Morse (pictured above) recovered from breast
cancer, but it returned and spread to her lungs and bones. She believes
her diet may have played a part.
Margaret is committed to changing her diet and her whole
approach to living with cancer. She recently attended a two-day course
at the Bristol Cancer Care Centre to help her do this.
co-founder of the centre
Margaret says, "It’s been excellent, I’ve really enjoyed
it. I’ve come away from there feeling strong and very positive.
"I think the body can heal itself, given the opportunity
and given the well-being and the will to live.
"The fact that you are in contol and the nutrition has
given me a positive thing to aim for and I hope to live with it rather
than die from it."
Alongside courses for cancer patient, each year over
500 health professionals and complimentary therapists attend the centre
for a range of education and training courses. These include relaxation
techniques, nutrition, massage and therapeutic touch.
Kate Cook, an NHS community nurse, recently attended
one of the centre’s specialist nutrition courses. "It’s really helped
me to use it in my work as a nurse an to bring the good work of the Bristol
Care Centre to other areas."
But news of the their approach is spreading, and if Bristol
is to continue leading the way in complementary cancer care and training
the therapists of the future, they need a new home.
helpful to some cancer patients
The Bristol Cancer Help Centre is the UK’s leading national
holistic care charity. It was founded by Penny Brohn, who was living with
cancer, and her friend Pat Pilkington.
Their mission was to offer an approach to cancer which
involved not only medical treatment but also care for the mind, the spirit,
the emotions, the heart and the soul.
This became known as ‘The Bristol approach to cancer
care’, and in 1980, The Bristol Cancer Help Centre opened its doors.
For information on residential or training courses, call
0117 980 9500, or see the weblinks
section top right of the page.