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Guest blog: Wessex Cancer Trust, Portsmouth - “Complementary therapies to support your mind, body and soul”


Guest blog: Wessex Cancer Trust, Portsmouth - “Complementary therapies to support your mind, body and soul”


Every year around 23,000 people are diagnosed with cancer in the Wessex area. A diagnosis can be a shock and have a huge impact on the entire family. That’s why Wessex Cancer Trust is committed to providing free emotional and practical support for anyone affected by cancer at its five support centres, one of which is in Cosham in Portsmouth. 

Befriending, counselling, support groups and complementary therapies – such as aromatherapy massage, reflexology, facials and Reiki are available for patients and their families. Adults of any age, with any type of cancer and at any stage, including post treatment are welcome.  Visitors can also find out more information about cancer and speak to others going through a similar experience.

Charlie Parker-Quaife is a complementary therapist for Wessex Cancer Trust.

“I’ve been a complementary therapist for over four years offering complementary therapies to cancer patients, their supporters and those bereaved due to cancer of a loved one.  Being part of the support team a Wessex Cancer Trust is hugely rewarding.  Going through cancer can be a big challenge. Knowing treatments are available to help combat the side effects can be one thing that helps people cope. 

Treatments can help relieve physical ailments, pain and anxiety and an opportunity to relax at time when life can be fraught. A therapy treatment can be a perfect way for a client to find equilibrium between mind, body, and soul.”


One client said, “I can feel the difference now from when I first walked in.  I was in pain and suffering symptoms from chemotherapy.  It has affected the nerves in my spine.  The therapist made such a difference and I now have much more energy and less pain.  I look forwards to my massages to help relax me and alleviate my symptoms.”

Charlie added, “The centre itself is a homely place and non-clinical environment.  Some clients drop in between appointments to chat with befrienders and meet other people who have had or are going through cancer.  Sharing experiences with each other helps them to feel they’re not alone.”

The centre is open Monday – Thursday between 10am and 4pm, and can be found at 77-79 High Street, Cosham, Portsmouth PO6 3AX.

Telephone:  02392 326511

Email:  cosham.centre@wessexcancer.org.uk


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