This year the world breast cancer day We want to make the question of patient care visible, both during treatment and at the end of it, and it’s your turn to start regaining your strength. The Ricardo Fisas Natura Bissé Foundation offers free aesthetic care in oncology in hospitals and patient associations, a good option to let them take care of you and learn how to take care of you.
Every oncology patient knows that the road, however difficult, is long. And it doesn’t stop when you’re free. Although we are beginning to realize how much they can affect the cancer treatments, those who heal you, and you love them, but destroy you, and you hate them, there is still a lot to be said about the process that is being lived. Once the cancer has passed, with controls every six months, a series of Side effects They can range from discomfort to disabling. Therefore, knowing where to turn, beyond traditional medicine, learning to take care of yourself and, also and above all, to let others take care of yourself and ask for help, is essential.
When he cancer It depends on a near and dear person, relative or friend, if you do not have experience, you can add several blunders to the fear of these moments. Learn to take care of someone with cancer This happens, first, by becoming aware that it is your turn to stand by her side, neither behind to push her, nor in front of you to decide, but on the side, accompanying her. This way, you can help her empower herself and it will be easier for you to respect her space, which she will need.
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A step forward: integrative medicine
At a recent conference of the ‘‘Cancer Tour’organized by the Spanish Association Against Cancer (AECC) and taught by Carlos Lopez Otinprofessor of biochemistry and molecular biology, Letizia recalled that, in its first strategy against cancer, the European Parliament points out the integrative medicine. For this reason, the queen asked why there was so much resistance from orthodox traditional medicine to apply it.
The Doctor Lopez-Otin He replied that “integrative medicine is the future, because the organism is a wholeness, the harmony comes from one part to another”. And, precisely, that has a lot to do with the world of care. While traditional medicine is the one that cures cancer, integrative medicine also includes natural medicine. The objective is to treat the global aspects of the patient, physiological, nutritional, psychological and social.
Oncological aesthetics, beyond beauty
With integrative medicine, it is possible to greatly improve quality of life and avoid side effects that can lead to joint pain, memory loss, insomnia problems or ending up with a literally frozen shoulder. Among the options, aesthetic oncology It is a recent specialty created to improve the quality of life of people in cancer therapy and later. They offer treatments for skin, anxiety or intense fatigue.
For example, oncology massage has multiple benefits such as reducing the sensation of pain by 48%, alleviating anxiety by 59% and depression by 49%, according to a study by the Memorial Sloan Keterring Cancer Center (MSK) of New York. “Sometimes during, and even at the end of medical treatments, it’s not easy to reconnect with our well-being. And doing it alone sometimes doesn’t help,” he says. Sylvie Baguet, Director of the Ricardo Fisas Natura Bissé Foundation, “The aesthetic professional can help us reconnect with well-being and disconnect from the daily life of illness.”
It was Ricardo Fisas, creator of the firm Natura Bise, who created this foundation in 2008 because “he considered that any company had a social function. In his case, giving back to women what he received from them,” explains Baguet. Since then, “we have been working to contribute to the well-being of those people who live in situations of vulnerability”.
skin to skin
The latest campaign they launched is called “With you, skin to skin”created to publicize its ‘Cosmetic Oncology Program’, which has been in operation for more than ten years. The Foundation trains all aesthetic professionals wishing to perform skin care for people undergoing oncological treatments, whether for breast cancer or other types,” explains the director. Since the beginning, more than 1,400 beauticians have been there and have treated more than 10,000 patients.
“The Foundation’s volunteer beauticians also offer free individual aesthetic care to people undergoing cancer treatment, in hospitals and patient associations,” says Baguet. For this reason, it is essential to publicize this service, “particularly useful to alleviate the cutaneous side effects that can be caused by radiotherapy, chemotherapy and surgery”.
“Oncological aesthetics is a recent discipline, the objective of which is the care of the skin, hair, nails and mucous membranes of patients undergoing treatment against cancer”, explains the doctor Ángels Arcusa, specialist in medical oncologywhich underlines that “the integration of this care in the therapeutic project of the patient improves his quality of life in a relevant way, in addition to improving his self-esteem”.
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Complement, not replace
Arcusa points out that “oncological aesthetics complement conventional cancer treatment, which it never replaces”. But, yes, it underlines the importance of putting oneself in the hands of qualified professionals, who “play an important role – for me, essential – in improving the patient’s quality of life”.
After training at the foundation, Bianca Vergés, esthetician specialized in Oncological Aesthetics Yes Technical Adviser likewise, he began to volunteer in hospitals and patient associations. “I was very interested in this speciality, I saw it as very necessary”, he specifies, because “the side effects can manifest themselves in skin that becomes demanding, it can be more reactive, more sensitive, it can experience itching and hyperpigmentation, or numbness. These effects can condition our daily lives. For example, if we have itching in the body, it could affect the quality of sleep,” he explains.
Among the therapies they offer are relaxing massages and hydrations, and they point out that by mitigating possible side effects on the skin, patients can continue their treatments, which is of the utmost importance, without be forced to rest. “A well-groomed and treated skin will help us in medical adherence to oncological treatments”, he underlines.
Healthy skin, do not bother
Its main objective is to achieve the well-being of patients, so that they do not experience discomfort or inconvenience. “If the skin is healthy, you forget you have skin,” he says. She recognizes that her work is very rewarding for her. “I will never forget this comment that Marta – a patient – made to me after the treatment I gave her: ‘Blanca, I felt like a person again with what you did to me.’ For me, it’s a gift,” he says.
Today, within the Foundation team, Vergés manages skin care in hospitals, patient associations and volunteers. They also give workshops on self-care guidelines, which can be learned on the organization’s website. The idea is to reach as many people as possible. And remember that one of the keys to the work carried out by specialists in Aesthetic Oncology is “active listening, essential to accompany the person at every moment of the disease and thus establish a bond of trust which can be useful”.
The objective of Ricardo Fisas Natura Bissé Foundation, Explain Silvia Baguet, is “that no one is left without care”, for this reason, they contribute to “support and empower beauty centers, and show them for what they are: benchmarks in well-being and care of the skin”. Everything to achieve the greatest possible well-being during and after treatment.
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Take care of yourself, when you pamper yourself
In the Ricardo Fisas Natura Bissé Foundationto offer care and self-care guidelines for cancer patients and offer advice by telephone and online (tel. 93 591 02 30 or 628 500 600; [email protected]). But still, yes, it is essential to talk to the oncology team treating you.
Itchy scalp… To reduce them, protect it from cold, heat and friction with a cotton cap, moisturize it daily and do not remove or touch any pimples. Also apply a cream with SPF 50+ protection, even if you wear a scarf, wig or hat.
Hand and foot care… Hydrate them two or three times a day with balms or oils, nourish the nails, from the cuticle until covering it entirely, with circular movements. Look for products rich in organic aloe vera, rosehip oil, tamanu oil, arnica montana, chamomile, calendula, betaines, mango and shea butter, amaranth oil, or avocado oil.
Sensitized skin… You can follow this routine in 3 steps: use a mild body wash with physiological pH, moisturize the area twice a day and apply SPF 50+ to areas exposed to air. Of course, if you’re having radiation or chemotherapy, talk to the specialists first so they can guide you when you can moisturize and what products to use.
Improve scars… After the surgery, you will probably feel a feeling of tightness or hypersensitivity. Once completely closed, without wounds or stitches, you can apply products that improve the elasticity of the skin, rich in rosehip oil, organic aloe vera, propolis or arnica montana.
And finally, don’t forget: take care of yourself and let yourself be taken care of.