Marco’s story – integrative cancer care contributed to my overall wellbeing

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Marco is 56 years old and lives in Hampshire with his wife and their 15-year-old daughter. He moved to the UK from Chicago in 2017 and had planned to take a career break before finding a new position, but after being diagnosed with tonsil cancer in 2021 his plans were put on hold. 

Following surgery, Marco chose to receive a course of chemoradiation at GenesisCare in Windsor which involved chemotherapy once a week and radiotherapy every weekday for 6 weeks.

Marco said “The team at GenesisCare were so supportive and went out of their way to ensure I got the very best care possible.”

Marco was encouraged to use our full integrative cancer care pathway, including wellbeing services through our unique partnership with Penny Brohn UK and a 12-week prescribed exercise medicine programme.

To live as well as possible in every area of our lives we need more than medicine

- Dr Catherine Zollman, Medical Director of Penny Brohn UK

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Penny Brohn UK is a pioneer in integrative cancer care practices. Through our partnership, we’re able to offer patients appointments with Penny Brohn UK Wellbeing Consultants who will assess them holistically, give individual health and wellbeing advice, and help select a bespoke programme of specialist therapies such as reflexology, acupuncture, relaxation and mindfulness training, and counselling.

 

Marco said “The facilities and services available at GenesisCare go way beyond just the chemo and radiotherapy and I made sure I took full advantage of their integrative cancer care approach, which provides complementary treatments that support the whole patient, not just their cancer. They provide reflexology and acupuncture, in their centre, through their partnership with Penny Brohn UK which I found to be extremely beneficial as it helped me relax and relieved tension. They also have an on-site gym and I was given a personalised exercise medicine programme which played an important part in my mental and physical health. I believe that this comprehensive approach significantly contributed to my overall wellbeing and recovery.”

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Justin Hely, General Manager of GenesisCare UK, is cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats in September to raise much needed funds for our charity partner, Penny Brohn UK. To support Justin in his efforts and to ensure more people with cancer can benefit from their wellbeing services, click here.