Can hemp seed oil help soothe your chemo skin?

How one cosmetics company is using a controversial ingredient to help tackle dry, sensitive skin

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Cancer and its treatment – including chemotherapy an radiotherapy – can often cause extremely dry and irritated skin.

From jojoba and coconut to calendula and shea, there are many ways to use natural oils and ingredients to help nourish and soothe your skin. But one oil you may not know about it hemp seed oil.  Continue reading “Can hemp seed oil help soothe your chemo skin?”

Weight loss and chemo: Managing weight during cancer treatment

We look at why cancer causes weight loss and what can be done to help keep your weight and energy levels up

Weight loss and cancer
Weight loss and cancer: Managing weight during treatment

Cancer and its treatments can affect your eating habits – and your weight. Today, we’re talking about weight loss and what to do to help manage your weight when you have cancer.

Why Does Weight Loss Happen When I Have Cancer?

There are many factors that can contribute to weight loss even before patients are diagnosed. For instance, the cancer itself may produce chemicals called “cytokines” that can give you less of an appetite or cause nausea. Or the location of a tumour may place pressure on the digestive tract, making you fill up on food easily or have a hard time swallowing. After receiving a diagnosis, anxiety about the diagnosis and upcoming treatment can take away appetite. Then once treatment begins, side effects such as nausea, diarrhoea, taste changes, and sore throat can change what and how much people are eating. Continue reading “Weight loss and chemo: Managing weight during cancer treatment”

Cervical cancer prevention: Embarrassment makes women avoid smear tests

Survey finds that body insecurities are stopping women from attending their potentially life-saving check ups

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Young women are avoiding getting smear tests because they are embarrassed by the look and smell of their pubic areas, a survey suggests.

The charity Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust surveyed 2,017 British women.

A third said embarrassment caused them to delay getting a smear test, which can prevent 75% of cervical cancers.

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“You can still look fab with no hair and look great”

Meet Amanda Luke, our fabulous headwear model from Staffordshire

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Earlier this year, we made the exciting decision to design and create our very own bamboo headwear range made especially for women who have lost their hair from cancer treatment.

From the design to the price, our bamboo hats were entirely inspired by our cancer community, so when it came to finding a model, we knew that we wanted to work with someone who had actually experienced hair loss themselves: Enter breast cancer patient Amanda Luke from Staffordshire, England.

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“Writing has helped heal my spirit,” says best-selling author Sophie Sabbage

The Cancer Whisperer author Sophie Sabbage tells us how she gained a new appreciation for life after being diagnosed with terminal lung cancer three years ago

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Author Sophie Sabbage

Sophie Sabbage is a bit of a rule-breaker. When she was 43, she gave birth to her daughter after she was told she would never have kids. Four years later, she was diagnosed with late-stage ‘incurable’ lung cancer, and doctors implied she would be dead within a year.

Yet more than three years on, Sophie has defied her doctors by being in relatively good health and has written a bestseller, The Cancer Whisperer, to help other cancer patients become less fearful of the disease.

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Charity on the hunt for breast cancer survivors to model in fashion show

Are you the next Breast Cancer Care top model?

Breast Cancer Care Show

Leading UK charity Breast Cancer Care is on the hunt for models to strut their stuff in its annual fundraising fashion show.

The Breast Cancer Care fashion show claims to be a ‘fundraising event like no other’ in that all models on the catwalk have been diagnosed with breast cancer.

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How to keep warm and cosy this winter

Winter may not be your favourite season of the year, but there’s no denying that it’s the cosiest! 

 

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As the days become shorter and the mercury drops, we rely on our homes to provide us with winter comfort and entertainment. It’s a time where we hunker down in our homes enjoying tasty soups, lighting the fire, getting out the knitted throws and burning scented candles.

 

If you’ve recently had surgery, chemotherapy or radiotherapy, you’ll probably be spending a lot more time at home recovering and resting. You can make simple changes so that the time you spend resting up, is more enjoyable and cosier.

 

Here we’ve compiled some of our favourite winter-comfort tips for creating a cosy home this winter.

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The Hair Loss Gift Guide: For the Person Who Makes Bald Beautiful

Buying gifts for someone with cancer this Christmas? We can help! Introducing our series of Gift Guides, to help with symptoms and side effects of living with cancer. 

If you know someone experiencing hair loss from cancer treatment, here are a few useful products that can help to make Christmas time a little brighter! 

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