Book review: Aromatherapy, Massage and Relaxation in Cancer Care

Nurse consultatnt Nicola James reviews Aromatherapy, Massage and Relaxation in Cancer Care by Ann Carter and Peter A. Mackereth.

Aromatherapy, Massage and Relaxation in Cancer Care 

Ann Carter and Peter A. Mackereth

Singing Dragon

£25.00 | 232pp

ISBN: 9781848192812

As a devotee of complementary therapies, I loved this book. It offers, in a very easy-to-read style, an overview into how these three complementary therapies integrate with modern healthcare. This will be useful for anyone who wants to learn more about the therapies available, how they work, their evidence base and how they can be incorporated into the NHS. 

As a former cancer lead in a district general hospital, I had not considered how to store essential oils. I wouldn't have dreamed of not giving the same attention to the storage of paracetamol. This book offers advice on governance issues and infection control (should a therapist wear gloves when performing a massage?) and on documentation and confidentiality.

The book also explains in detail how aromatherapy, massage and relaxation work. Much of the application (but not all – fear of a diagnostic MRI is addressed) focuses on symptom management, palliative care and end of life care.

I wholly recommend this book to anyone involved in cancer care and management. I deliberately use the word management because the first person I shall pass this book onto is my business manager of my local cancer services. 

Reviewed by Nicola James, nurse consultant in prostate cancer at Morriston Hospital, Swansea

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