These days, many cancer patients are being treated for the disease long before it is causing them serious discomfort and pain. This is due to increased testing and early detection, but it also means that otherwise healthy people are suffering through cancer treatment and experiencing the effects of chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery.
There are many beneficial types of esthetic care that can reduce the discomforts caused by the treatment itself. And esthetic care for cancer patients can have positive physical and psychological effects as well.
Body Work and Massage
Depending on the type of treatments and where in the course of treatment a cancer patient is, they can benefit greatly from different forms of massage. Post treatment, lymph drainage massage can be very beneficial to patients who have had lymph nodes removed during surgery. Body work can also be a good way to help patients to relax and recover from the stress and discomfort of cancer diagnosis and treatment.
Care Provided by Estheticians
During cancer treatment, patients are often confronted by a different version of themselves. They become unhealthy and feel unwell, and their body may change as well as their skin, hair, and the health of their fingernails may be compromised. While these esthetic considerations may seem trivial in comparison to the health threat of cancer, we now know that feeling good, and feeling good about yourself, contributes significantly to healing and recovery.
If patients can look in the mirror and feel some sense of control about how they look, they are often more empowered and optimistic about their treatment and subsequent recovery. And after the medical procedures are completed, recovery can be aided by specialized skin and hair treatments that help cancer patients to get back to feeling good again.
The better cancer patients feel about themselves, the more optimistic they are, and the better the healing and recovery will be. Optimism and determination are linked to better outcomes of treatment, and anything that can be done to encourage and empower cancer patients can be a big help.