As part of the college’s holistic health studies continuing education program, Langara is offering a new three-day oncology esthetics course at the end of May.
Beginning on May 30 and ending on June 1, 2014, the course will cost $695 and is designed for estheticians and spa professionals who wish to learn how to safely treat people undergoing cancer treatment or recovering from the disease.
Students who complete the intensive training program will earn a certificate granted by Langara College and Oncology Esthetics.
Course will be taught by oncology esthetics expert
Morag Currin, who developed the Morag Currin Method of Oncology Esthetics, is the instructor for the course.
She wrote a book on the subject and is the founder of Touch for Cancer, the first OE certification program in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States. Its goal is to educate and empower estheticians and skin care therapists to impact the lives of cancer patients with compassion and healing.
Although her background is primarily in esthetics, she also studied oncology through the Banner Good Samaritan Medical Centre in Phoenix, Arizona and the Oncology Nursing Society.
Oncology esthetics offers customized treatment for patients
“Ultimately, all people living with cancer and undergoing cancer treatment would like to have a spa practitioner provide a safe treatment, customized for their condition,” Currin said. “Correctly done, this helps improve their quality of life and reduces the stress factor in dealing with this disease.”
In many ways, it’s also tremendously beneficial to the health care professional.
“This changes one’s perspective of how important life is,” she said. “Worrying about a wrinkle means nothing to those fighting to survive. It’s a very rewarding modality.”
Oncology is a branch of medicine that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.
Reported by Ben Zutter