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

 

 

Sep 4, 2019

Why don’t we include oils known as plant oestrogens in our Defiant Beauty Range?

Why don’t we include oils known as plant oestrogens in our Defiant Beauty Range? Phyto-oestrogens, or plant oestrogens, are naturally occurring chemicals that have a structure similar to the female hormone oestrogen. Oils such as borage, avocado, evening primrose and soy are plant oestrogens. We do not include these oils in our Defiant Beauty Collections […]

Sep 2, 2019

My Valentine? The NHS

12 months ago today my daughter was discharged from hospital after emergency surgery. I wrote a newsletter on the ‘big day’ last year. I think Valentine’s Day will always remind me of the kind care we received at the hands of the NHS. True Love. 12 months later my daughter thrives, is ‘enjoying’ her A […]

Sep 2, 2019

What is accreditation or should that be approval?

Why choose an accredited course, training provider or a therapist who has an accredited qualification? When I started creating our Post Graduate Diploma Courses I didn’t know very much about accreditation or accrediting bodies. I was a member of a few professional bodies but probably couldn’t have articulated my reasons for joining. As I created […]

Sep 2, 2019

Beauty & Holistic Therapies and the ‘c’ word Why is cancer contraindicated for holistic and beauty treatments?

I came to holistic and beauty therapies late. After working in science and hard facts for a long time, coaching at all levels within large organisations, it was time for a change & therapies was the change. I was taught, as are we all, that cancer is contraindicated for most therapies (well done to reflexology […]

Aug 28, 2019

How To Help When Someone Tells You They Have Cancer

When a loved one tells you they have received a cancer diagnosis you know that for them it’s a life changing experience and they will have some huge challenges to face. One of these challenges can be telling the people they  love; knowing how to help when someone close to you tells them they have […]

Aug 6, 2019

Appearance Advice Line

Appearance Advice Line Use our free appearance advice line we can help you to ‘Recognise Yourself’. Our appearance advice line can support you as you go through treatment. Cancer treatment results in a changed appearance for many, often causing hair loss, damage to nails as well as dry, sore, itchy, sensitive skin1. Many are ill […]

Aug 29, 2019

Women don’t stop being women when they are diagnosed with cancer

‘Women don’t stop being women when they are diagnosed with cancer.’  I often find myself saying this as a way of explaining why I started www.beautydespitecancer.com and why I created Defiant Beauty, skincare and beauty collections for cancer patients. You didn’t stop being a woman when you were diagnosed with cancer but, in many respects, you […]

Aug 29, 2019

Why Does Cancer Treatment Affect Appearance and Skin?

When asked ‘why does cancer treatment affect appearance and skin?’ I was surprised to discover that my answer was so much more than ‘chemotherapy drugs target fast replicating cells’. Of course, chemo drugs do target fast replicating cells and because skin, hair, nails, lips and the digestive tract are fast replicating, the drugs attack them too. Please read more […]

Aug 29, 2019

Nail Damage during Treatment for Womb Cancer

Some of the drugs used to treat breast cancer, ovarian cancer, cervical cancer and womb cancer cause damage to the nails as a side-effect of treatment.  Different chemotherapy drugs have different side-effects.  Here you will find a list of the chemotherapy drugs commonly used for the treatment of womb cancer.  This page gives information on chemo nail loss, chemo […]

Aug 29, 2019

Nail Damage during Treatment for Breast Cancer

Some of the drugs used to treat breast cancer, ovarian cancer, cervical cancer and womb cancer cause damage to the nails as a side-effect of the cancer treatment. Different chemotherapy drugs have different side-effects. Here you will find a list of the drugs commonly used for the treatment of breast cancer and  those that are […]

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