Why choose Penny Brohn UK?
Penny Brohn UK is a National charity providing free care and support to anyone affected by cancer, before, during and after treatment. Our whole person approach recognises that we need more than medicine to cope with the impact of cancer on our life.
We know that cancer affects so much more than just your body.
We believe in a world where every person with cancer in the UK is able to access and experience the best of integrative cancer care to improve their quality of life and support better clinical outcomes. This means we promote an approach that brings together the best of lifestyle and evidence-based supportive therapies to work alongside your clinical treatment.
We see you as a unique individual with your own set of hopes and needs - a whole person made up of mind, body, spirit and emotions. Everything we do aims to empower you to reclaim control of your health.
Whether you’re dealing with a first-time diagnosis, or further on in your cancer journey and are looking for ways to support yourself post-treatment, we can help you find the right physical and emotional support for you, no matter who you are and whatever your circumstances.
Through our team of cancer support experts, which includes doctors, nutritionists, counsellors, exercise and complementary therapists, we can help you to feel more physically and emotionally able to manage the impacts of your diagnosis and treatment, be more in control of your choices and have the best quality of life possible.
Integrative Cancer Care
Our work is guided by the principle that every person with cancer has the right to access the benefits that integrative cancer care brings; regardless of their cancer, their prognosis, their socioeconomic status, cultural background or where they live.
Integrative cancer care is an approach that brings together the best of lifestyle and evidence-based supportive therapies to work alongside your clinical treatment.
Integrative cancer care can support better quality of life and improve clinical outcomes. This is why a whole person approach to cancer lies at the heart of everything we do. This means finding ways to build resilience into every aspect of our life and supporting the body’s natural ability to heal and repair itself.
We recognise that all parts of ourselves – mind, body, spirit and emotions – are all closely connected and work together to support our immune system and its ability to keep us well.
Through groups and one to one sessions, you can learn how to eat well and stay active, manage your emotions and relationships, and reconnect with the things in life that you love - all of which are linked to health.
This approach has inspired thousands to play an active role in their health and wellbeing, bringing them a renewed sense of hope and control.
The science behind the approach
A whole person approach is based upon the research into Psychoneuroimmunology (PNI), the study of the connections between our mind (psycho), nervous system (neuro) and immune system (immunology). Increasingly, evidence shows that changes in our thoughts, emotions and beliefs - all natural responses to life’s challenges - can bring about changes in our physical health and well-being. PNI shows that emotions such as fear, anger or shock can result in increased levels of the stress hormone cortisol in the body, which can stop the immune system from working at its best.
It is unrealistic to think that we can eliminate these emotions from our lives and so it is important to find ways to manage them. Emerging evidence indicates that relaxation, meditation, creative pursuits or the experience of a massage provides an immediate way to reduce stress levels, which helps to strengthen the body’s immune system, our first line of defence against fighting cancer.
Who we work with
We work alongside medical professionals within the NHS, in partnership with third sector and commercial organisations to provide the best possible care and support to you and your family.
We have been working alongside people with cancer for over 40 years. Every year we support thousands of people to live well with cancer by finding the support that is right for them.
How we work
We couldn’t do what we do without our brilliant corporate partners, donors and community fundraisers, who help us to continue providing these ‘life-changing’ services to the people that need our support. If you are interested in helping people live well with cancer, find out how you can get involved.