Why choose Penny Brohn UK?
Penny Brohn UK is a National charity, funded by public donations that provides free, integrative care to everyone living with cancer, before, during and after treatment.
We know that cancer affects so much more than just your body.
Our aim is to bring improved health, and enrichment to everyone affected by cancer. Whether you’re dealing with a first-time diagnosis, or you are further on in your cancer journey and are looking for ways to live well post-treatment, we want to help you find the right physical and emotional support for you to build your resilience.
Our Bristol Whole Life Approach helps you to live as well as possible in every area of your life, no matter who you are and whatever your circumstances. It recognises that, to be healthy, we need to pay attention to all parts of ourselves – our mind, body, spirit and emotions, as these are all closely connected and work together to support our immune system and its ability to keep us well.
Integrative (Whole Person) Care
The Bristol Whole Life Approach lies at the heart of everything we do. At its core, it’s about building resilience into every aspect of 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.
Our Approach provides a powerful combination of physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual support that is designed to help anyone affected by cancer, at any stage of the disease.
Through courses, groups and individual 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
The Bristol 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 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 these natural responses to life’s challenges. 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, third sector and privately to provide the best possible integrated care to people living with cancer and their families.
We’ve helped and supported thousands of people through their experience of cancer for almost 40 years, and we want to use this expertise to help you. Bringing together both medical advice and complementary approaches, we find the best of what works for each individual and help you find what you need, to live as well as you can.
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 supporting us, find out how you can get involved.
From our National Centre in Bristol, to our local services, provided across the UK, your needs are at the heart of what we do. Which is why we set up Client Voice, to hear back from you about your needs and desires.