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Finding a therapist

If you’re considering using complementary therapies, always choose a qualified therapist and inform your medical team of any therapies you are using.

Whichever complementary therapy you want to try, it’s important to use a registered practitioner.

Some GP practices or hospitals offer therapy sessions or may be able to recommend a qualified local therapist. There are several organisations that regulate complementary therapists but registration is not compulsory in the UK. Regulatory organisations such as the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) will be able to provide you with a list of registered therapists.

The following is a checklist of practical steps that we recommend you take to reassure yourself before trying a particular therapy or therapist:

Remember that no reputable therapist would ever claim to be able to cure cancer.

Before you start

Before making any decisions, make sure you have all the information you need about the complementary therapy you’re interested in and chat it through with your medical team.

It’s always worth meeting with your therapist to talk about your situation and what they think their therapy can do for you.

You may find it helpful to take a relative or friend with you to make sure you’ve asked everything you needed to and have as much information as possible to make the right decision. Take your time to decide if you want to go ahead with the therapy.

The cost of complementary therapy

Some complementary therapies are provided free by the NHS. Ask your doctor or nurse if there are complementary therapies at your hospital, GP surgery or local cancer centre.

Therapies that aren’t provided by the NHS or a support group can be expensive and can add up over a long period of time. Check and compare costs to make sure you’re beign charged a fair price


Published: Feb 2016

Next planned review: Feb 2018