In touch with Cancer - The role of “touch” therapies in cancer management and recovery

January 4, 2013
Hosted by Grace Gawler

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Episode Description

Patients often ask me if it is safe to have massage when they have cancer? Today’s show explores the role of touch therapies specifically as a complement to other treatments a cancer patient is having. We will look at the effect of touch, what happens in the brain with touch, types of touch that benefit cancer patients, touch and links with immunity, touch and intention and much more. In last weeks’ interview with Dr Bruce Whelan, he mentioned the importance of helping patients become grounded and present before he proceeds with a consultation. Some touch therapies can also have this effect thereby assisting cancer patients with stress reduction and mindfulness. I will also explore some body psychotherapy techniques that can assist in emotional recovery as well as the role in Reiki as an adjunct in therapeutic touch methods.

Navigating the Cancer Maze

Navigating the Cancer Maze

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Navigating the Cancer Maze aims to share time-proven strategies in a “Let’s talk about it” atmosphere with the aim of making the journey through cancer more easeful through knowledge. The program is solutions focused for patients at all stages of cancer. Acknowledging and dealing with fear and trauma surrounding cancer is essential for any Health Restoration Plan as is pre-planning for any setbacks that are likely to be met along the way. Although we hear a lot about cancer in the news, for many patients cancer remains a personal, silent and deeply unexpressed grief. It is important to acknowledge the reality of a cancer diagnosis, while being authentic about process and keeping possibilities open. The best outcomes are experienced when the best of conventional medicine is paired with the best of complementary supported by an empowered patient.

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Grace Gawler

Grace Gawler

For almost 4 decades Grace Gawler has been the “rock” for thousands of cancer patients who seek her guidance and strategies. Grace has also assisted those who struggle to manage adversity and uninvited changes that life challenging or life threatening illness can bring. At 21, Grace became a full-time care-giver to her boyfriend. She married him, a cancer amputee with a poor prognosis. He survived and they established a non-profit organization to support people going through the trauma of cancer and other life challenging illness. She created Australia’s first breast cancer support group and residential program which led to authoring Women of Silence: the emotional healing of breast cancer, a 1994 best seller which remains a bible for women with breast cancer. Grace has worked in Government creating a new Women’s Health Plan. She was awarded the prestigious inaugural Rotary International Jean Harris Award for Services to Women in Society. In 1997, Grace experienced not only the collapse of her marriage but was soon hospitalized. Complications from a routine surgery created a major health crisis. After 20 surgical procedures over 13 years, she faced death many times. A bionic surgical procedure in the Netherlands gave her back life and vitality. Grace has survived and thrived and is passionate about helping others to walk in the field of all possibilities and navigate the cancer maze. She has her own cancer charity and consults to Hallwang Private Oncology Clinic in Germany.

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