Cancer often means fear. Those affected by cancer are given lots of advice, be it from well meaning friends or health professionals, the advice received by cancer patients is often ‘what not to do’. We strive to make our news a more positive experience, focussing on the can do rather than the don’t do.

Therapists are equally scared of cancer, having been taught not to touch anyone who has been diagnosed. The refusal to touch cancer patients can be a hard habit to break. Our accredited qualifications allow therapists and spas to welcome those affected by cancer, here we share the latest research findings as well as some wonderful tales of the difference that specialist products and services can make



Aug 6, 2019

Caring for Radiation Damaged Skin

Nothing focuses the mind more than a presentation to an entire oncology, (chemotherapy and radiotherapy) department. I was lucky enough to have been invited to speak at The Beacon Hospital in Dublin and was been given free choice of the subjects to be covered in my 90 minute workshop. Free choice? What a challenge! There are so […]

Aug 29, 2019

Skincare after diagnosis

Jennifer answers some all important questions for a magazine interview with ‘your magazine’ How will my skin change during treatment and is it inevitable that my skin will suffer? There are many different types of cancer, a huge range of treatments and many side-effects of those treatments – not everyone will experience all side-effects. However, […]

Aug 29, 2019

Nails can be damaged during treatment for cancer

It has been one of those weeks. The highlight was a quick trip to Dublin, as is the way of my life, I was there for work but, oh, what a lovely time I had. I’ve been in the office for most of the rest of the week – speaking to loads of lovely people […]

Aug 28, 2019

I’m back. I have news – 2019 plans for cancer massage and skincare for cancer patients

Happy New Year – I hope you have had a marvellous restful and peaceful holiday. Family Young had a wonderful break and managed to rest and regroup after our crazy Christmas.  I have some news, quite big news, and lots of it (drum roll please) I have been invited to join a Parliamentary Review. ‘A […]

Aug 28, 2019

Why me? Dear…Someone

Dear Someone, I needed to write a letter, to off load the craziness in my head. I don’t want to be strong anymore. I feel like the archetypal swan; looking together on top of the water and paddle like hell underneath. As I sit here, I wonder if I were to spin a coin would […]

Aug 28, 2019

Discrimination against cancer patients – spas and therapists – what is next?

‘I was led from the spa like a leper’ ‘I was told that massage could spread cancer – it wasn’t very relaxing’ ‘I was left in reception whilst all of my friends had their spa day – I wasn’t allowed beyond the front desk’ Times are changing. When speaking to groups of cancer patients and […]

Aug 28, 2019

Are you discriminating against cancer patients in your spa, clinic or therapy rooms?

Honest disagreement is often a good sign of progress- Mahatma Ghandi The industry is reeling after hearing of a client feeling discriminated against when being turned away from a Centerparcs spa treatment. The wish of those living with and beyond cancer to feel ‘normal’ is the reason I developed our accredited oncology qualifications for spas […]

Aug 27, 2019

Wig Fitting

We have many years experience fitting wigs at our positive appearance centres in Dublin; Here are my top tips! Recognise Yourself Maintain your identity People often just plonk their wig on their head like a hat. I encourage you to play with it to make it your own just like you would with your own […]

Aug 27, 2019

Your Face is a Reflection of your Internal Health

According to the principles of Chinese Face Reading, the internal organ systems are represented in different areas of the face ; therefore focussing on changes in the appearance of your face, be it muscle tone or the texture of your skin, can keep you aware of any internal imbalances. My name is Maggie Brown and […]

Aug 27, 2019

Your Skincare Routine

How to help your skin as you go through treatment for cancer. Cleanse and exfoliate Tone Moisturise Look after your eyes Skincare for Cancer Patients   There is a lot of talk about skincare routines, and we read endless beauty advice in glossy magazines ands women’s magazines. Your skin has changed as a result of […]

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