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28 02, 2017

Cold Cap Therapy – Cancer Knowledge Network

By | 2017-05-01T09:27:53+00:00 February 28th, 2017|Morag's desk|Comments Off on Cold Cap Therapy – Cancer Knowledge Network

In response to my article on published on the Cancer Knowledge Network website (https://cancerkn.com/cold-cap-therapy-cct/), I stated that for over 15 years in countries other than the US and Canada, patients have been using scalp “cold cap therapy” (CCT or scalp cooling) to keep their hair from falling out during cytotoxic chemotherapy.  A question came in [...]

28 02, 2017

The Melanoma Cancer Risk Prevention Tip!

By | 2017-05-01T09:29:25+00:00 February 28th, 2017|Morag's desk|Comments Off on The Melanoma Cancer Risk Prevention Tip!

For clients with a genetic predisposition, a history of- or a high risk for developing melanoma – you DO need to have about 20 minutes of sun at MIDDAY – quite to the contrary of what is being promoted today. A low vitamin D status is shown to be associated with melanoma and a worse [...]

28 02, 2017

Microblading

By | 2017-05-01T09:30:58+00:00 February 28th, 2017|Morag's desk|Comments Off on Microblading

Microblading seems to be in the forefront of training at the moment, and I am receiving many inquiries from graduates from OTI and other trainings in the industry regarding the application of this technique on people with cancer – during active treatment, and during recovery. Microblading uses a hand tool that is used to implant [...]

9 02, 2017

Skin care products for cancer patients

By | 2017-02-09T15:22:00+00:00 February 9th, 2017|Morag's desk|Comments Off on Skin care products for cancer patients

Skin toxicity is a common side effect of chemotherapy. Skin toxicity reactions range in intensity among individuals. They typically include dry or itchy skin, hyperpigmentation, rash, photosensitivity, and color change. Oncology trained spa therapists work with cancer patients to minimize the effect and duration of skin toxicity. This includes sharing specialized knowledge about skin care [...]

30 01, 2017

Spa Menu – How to Modify?

By | 2017-01-30T02:52:01+00:00 January 30th, 2017|Morag's desk|2 Comments

A commonly asked question by OTI graduates when putting together their spa menu is how to write about spa services that they offer in a personalised manner for the client undergoing active cancer treatment or with a history or cancer. It all really depends on your work environment – does your spa offer services ONLY [...]

30 01, 2017

The Cancer Risk Prevention Tip : Sleep – Glorious Sleep

By | 2017-01-30T02:49:55+00:00 January 30th, 2017|Morag's desk|Comments Off on The Cancer Risk Prevention Tip : Sleep – Glorious Sleep

It has been known for a while that not getting adequate sleep at night can be a risk factor for cancer. It seems that the preponderance of studies suggest that getting at least 6-7 hours of night time sleep is protective against cancer and other diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and obesity. Additionally, new [...]

30 01, 2017

Mineral Oil: What is the Status?

By | 2017-01-30T02:47:32+00:00 January 30th, 2017|Morag's desk|Comments Off on Mineral Oil: What is the Status?

When faced with questions on what ingredients are good or bad for the skin (especially for people undergoing cancer treatment) we have to look at things objectively. We at OTI always take into consideration what the client is looking for – if they are dead against the use of mineral oil, then don’t sell them [...]

26 12, 2016

Presenting Yourself as an Expert

By | 2016-12-26T17:05:53+00:00 December 26th, 2016|Morag's desk|Comments Off on Presenting Yourself as an Expert

We recently found out from a health care professional that an OTI OE graduate attended a conference where the focus was lymphedema care. The esthetician presenting was representing the spa she worked at, which is owned and managed by a cancer survivor. This graduate had the opportunity of a captive market – all cancer survivors [...]

26 12, 2016

Enhance Your Skills

By | 2016-12-26T17:03:21+00:00 December 26th, 2016|Morag's desk|Comments Off on Enhance Your Skills

We always encourage our OTI OE graduates to get more advanced trainings in additional areas besides Oncology Esthetics to further enhance their Oncology Esthetics Foundation Training. Here is a wonderful opportunity to expand your knowledge further to focus on the ‘mental health’ issues that a survivor will experience after a diagnosis of cancer. While we [...]

26 12, 2016

Gratitude During the Holidays – Making the Season Sparkle

By | 2016-12-26T17:00:29+00:00 December 26th, 2016|Morag's desk|Comments Off on Gratitude During the Holidays – Making the Season Sparkle

GRATITUDE DURING THE HOLIDAYS: MAKING THE SEASON SPARKLE The act of being thankful can amplify the good - the good things in our lives, the good people in our lives and even the good in us. What better time than the holidays to practice these skills? The practice of taking in the good uses our [...]