Complementary Therapies

Complementary therapy is at the heart of CREST's day to day activities as we believe in supporting the patient's quality of life and management of cancer treatment, and such therapies are widely used by cancer patients.

Some of the complementary therapies available are:

We can put you in touch with therapists trained in treating cancer patients.


Counselling can help you cope with the fears and anxieties relating to your illness and treatment. It may also help with relationships during this time.

CREST has a Cancer Care trained Counsellor available to talk with cancer patients, carers or family members in a secure and relaxed environment.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)

Lymphoedema is a chronic swelling which can affect any part of the body, although more usually it affects the arms and the legs. It occurs as a result of disruption to the lymphatic system, either by surgery, radiation, trauma or infection.

It can be treated by Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD), an advanced specialised massage, which is carried out by specially trained practitioners. MLD uses gentle, rhythmical pumping techniques which move skin in the direction of lymph flow.

CREST can put you in touch with qualified MLD therapists.

For a copy of our Lymphoedema Awareness leaflet, phone us on 01784 446298 or email

For more information on our therapies or our Relaxation Days please call us on 01784 446298.