Complementary therapy service at the LJMC

The LJMC offers a range of complementary therapies to patients for the relief of stress or stress-related symptoms.

It is important to emphasise that these therapies are intended to complement conventional treatment. They are not alternative treatments and are not intended as a substitute for the medical treatment of cancer.

The therapies offered at the LJMC are appropriate for cancer patients before, during and after treatment. The therapists who work at the centre are fully qualified and have additional training in working with patients with cancer.

What therapies are available?

Relaxation therapy
1-to-1 touch therapy

Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

We regret we are currently unable to offer one-to-one or group sessions. However, we are offering a guided relaxation service via telephone.

Find out more about our telephone service

We are unable to confirm when face-to-face sessions will resume.

Who is eligible to use this service?

The complementary therapy service at the Lynda Jackson Macmillan Centre is available to NHS patients under the care of a Mount Vernon Cancer Centre doctor.

Private patients having treatment at Mount Vernon Cancer Centre may also be eligible to use this service. Please call the Helpline for details.

How do I book a session?

You can access the complementary therapy service in any of the following ways:

  • Someone in your medical team may refer you
  • You may refer yourself by dropping in to the LJMC
  • You may call the LJMC Helpline (020 3826 2555)

Someone from the Centre will contact you to make an appointment. Please be aware that there is currently a long waiting list for one-to-one therapies.

Each session lasts 45 minutes so please arrive on your time.

Allow time for parking, especially if your appointment is in the morning. There is a charge for parking at the hospital with a Pay & Display scheme in operation 24 hours a day.

If you are unable to keep any appointment, please give at least 24 hours’ notice so that we can give the appointment to someone else. Please call the Helpline (020 3826 2555).

What does the therapy cost?

The complementary therapy service at the LJMC is funded by voluntary donations. Any contributions towards the costs of the service are therefore always gratefully received.

Outreach service at Mount Vernon Cancer Centre

We also provide a service on the wards and in the waiting areas of Mount Vernon Cancer Centre.

This service is provided by our team of volunteer therapists. If you are interested in joining the team, please get in touch with us to find out more.

Volunteer for the Complementary Therapy team at the LJMC: Information for complementary therapy volunteers Information for complementary therapy volunteers