A survey conducted by Cancerkin, the breast cancer charity based at the Royal Free hospital, has found that feedback for its services from patients having treatment at the hospital was overwhelmingly positive.
As part of its focus on treatment, the charity provides a programme of 13 complementary therapies, which 89% of patients rated as 9 or 10 out of 10. One patient said of the benefits of the holistic therapies offered: “Of all the lovely treatments at Cancerkin I have found the massage to be immediately and seriously beneficial to me. Coming for a massage has been a real motivational factor in getting me up and out of the house. I come out feeling fab, cherished and much more able to cope”.
Cancerkin houses one of the only clinics wholly dedicated to the treatment of breast cancer related Lymphoedema in the UK. This scored 10 out of 10 from 92% of its patients. Celebrating its 21st anniversary last week, the clinic has been providing a high standard of care to those with the debilitating and often painful condition for over two decades.
Of those who took part in the survey, 65% said they felt calmer and more relaxed after visiting Cancerkin, 54% felt more supported and listened to, and 54% felt better informed about their condition.
Chief Executive, Victoria Todd, said, “Sadly, more and more women are being diagnosed with breast cancer. The positive feedback we have received from our Royal Free patients is hugely encouraging and shows just how invaluable the care and support we provide is.”