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Part I: Cancer and Skin Changes—Dehydration

By: Patricia Ringos Beach and Katie Morgan-Lousky
Posted: February 28, 2012, from the March 2012 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.
This mural, featuring tiles created by Ahava Spa and Wellness Center's "special guests," hangs in the facility's reception area.

This mural, featuring tiles created by Ahava Spa and Wellness Center's "special guests," hangs in the facility's reception area.

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Another important message for working with cancer clients is touch. Although the well person may take touch for granted, it can be painfully lacking for a person with cancer. In a letter from Sue after her day at the spa, she wrote: “The relief I felt after my spa day was two-fold. The massage reminded me that I need to still let people touch me. I had started to pull away because most touches aren’t good right now. Also, my skin was such a mess; I just thought that was how I was going to look now. Thank you for the tender love and care!”

In part II of this series, which will appear in the April 2012 issue of Skin Inc. magazine, the sensations and sensory changes of the client with cancer will be covered.

Patricia Ringos Beach is a nurse, speaker and author with advanced certification in oncology and palliative care. In Toledo, Ohio, she works as a patient navigator and clinical nurse specialist.

Katie Morgan-Lousky is the owner of Ahava Spa and Wellness Center in Toledo, Ohio. She also founded Cherished Friends of Ahava, a ministry where cancer patients can receive spa services with sensitivity to their vulnerability and special needs. The authors can be contacted at pbeach@bex.net.

 

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