Learning from treatment in Europe

Having been treated in Europe, I set up the Wellness Day to highlight what is available to Europeans.  What is on offer can often be found here, but often doctors and nurses just don’t have time to tell us about this.
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For years the United Nation’s World Health Organisation has monitored the world’s  health.  Each year, it produces statistics showing how countries compare with each other when treating major diseases such as cancer.  Basically comparing how long you live after being treated.  Does it surprise you that the UK has crept lower and lower on the European scale, until now we are near the bottom of 27 countries.

The good news is we are living longer after diagnosis – but then so is everyone else.

It’s the little things that make a difference

I was lucky enough to have a job that took me all over Europe.  I took full advantage of this, and was treated in European hospitals for a variety of problems coming as side effects from Tamoxifen and other drugs.  From massive, bloody skin lesions which appeared three day after I was put on Tamoxifen, to Lymphodema, Osteoporosis and other delights.  I chose these hospitals for their expertise, and found it very easy to get the best.  What was noticeable was not the equipment nor the drugs, but good old-fashioned caring, and doctors having ample time for appointments.

Benefits of Massage

Massage was an integral part of any treatment I received.  Whatever I was being treated for, be it lymphoedema, skin lesions or whatever, I would be given a daily massage.  There have been many studies on the beneits of massage, but I have asked Isabelle Brough, who will be at the Wellness Day, to give me simple bullet points to make this easier to understand.

Isabelle has kindly offered to give mini massages on the 12th.  (£5 fee to our charities).  To book send an mail to veritegreenbee@gmail.com

Having studied oncology massage at the Middlesex School of Complementary Medicine, in the grounds of Mount Vernon Hospital, Northwood, Isabelle says this in-depth course taught her how to make massage both suitable and safe for cancer survivors.

“The Oncology Massage Practitioner Diploma course gave me a greater understanding of cancer, its causes and common treatments used today. I learnt how to treat the side-effects of the various treatments on offer and to improve patients’ quality of life”.


  • Moisturises the skin
  • Relieves muscle soreness due to prolonged bed rest
  • Increases circulation, vascular flow is also stimulated, bringing fresh nutrients to the area
  • Lymphatic flow is stimulated, which helps the elimination of waste products
  • Increases range of motion
  • Increases relaxation
  • Decreases oedema and lymphoedema
  • Sedates or stimulates nervous system, depending on the modality used
  • Encourages deeper respiration
  • Improves bowel activity
  • Increases alertness and mental clarity
  • Improves sleep
  • Provides pain relief and reduces the need for pain relief medication
  • Decreases symptoms related to chemotherapy and radiation, such as fatigue, nausea, diarrhoea and loss of appetite
  • Stimulates faster wound healing
  • Provides faster recovery from anaesthesia
  • Shortens hospital stay
  • Increases elasticity to scarred areas
  • Breaks up adhesions associated with scarring
  • Increases the effectiveness of other treatments, such as pain medication, physical therapy or medical procedure
  • Increases patients’ awareness of stress signals
  • Decreases anxiety and depression
  • Provides distraction
  • Provides relief from isolation
  • Offers meaningful social interaction
  • Re-establishes a positive body image
  • Gives patients a sense of participation in the healing process

Re-builds hope

Isabelle Brough Massage & Soft Tissue Therapy  Harpsden Village Hall, RG9 4HH.
 07806-792 880

Skin Problems

Also at the Wellness Day there will be representatives from the skin care company, La Roche Posay.  They offer clinically-trialled products, and French women get their wonderful skincare provided as part of their health service.  I found their Centre treating side effects on the skin was an eye opener;  with serious doctors who listened to me and explained why Tamoxifen (and other powerful drugs) could give me such adverse skin effects.  Janet and her team will be there with advice – for men and women – and believe me they will NOT tell you itchy patches, etc. are “due to your age”.

Today over 90 coutries around the world recommend their products to help treat skin problems resulting in side effects from today’s drugs.  From cancer through to pain killers.  Don’t ever let an arrogant doctor try to blame this on your life-style, or other cop-out solutions.  T’aint so.

So hopefully you will be able to have a chat with someone who understands and will give time to help you at 

The Wellness Day,  Friday April 12th 1100 – 1600  Village Hall, Queen Street, Dorchester-on-Thames, OX10 7HR.   

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