What is an Oncology Certified Skincare Therapist?

The Oncology Certified Skincare Therapist/Aesthetician has advanced education that is designed to provide them with the knowledge of how to modify treatments to ensure a safe outcome for cancer clients. Most people will look for comfort and relief from the unpleasant side effects associated with cancer treatments and therapies, such as dryness, loss of elasticity, and rashes, among other issues.

This is an integrative approach that complements medical oncology. Integrative oncology focuses on the whole person – mind-body-spirit. Integrative therapies take into consideration the unique needs of each oncology patient/client. Each patient/client has unique circumstances and may respond differently to cancer and/or cancer treatment, and aestheticians trained in this field will seek to approach skincare and other spa related treatments with a heightened level of sensitivity to the condition of those affected by cancer and cancer treatment.

For example, modifications aim to reduce exposure to treatments that may have adverse effects on sensitive, reactive skin or possible health concerns bysuch as:

  • Excessive heat, pressure and/or friction
  • Exfoliants such as chemical peels and harsh scrubs
  • Stimulating and irritating products
  • Lymphedema

Aestheticians certificated in this field help provide relief for clients dealing with cancer, easing their symptoms and skin reactions and help to improve an overall sense of well-being. The modified treatments provided can assist in helping clients cope with cancer treatment and side effects.

Who Can Benefit From Oncology Aesthetic Treatments? 

Modified aesthetic services make sense for clients in active treatment or recent recovery. As specialists, oncology aestheticians have a unique level of understanding of the long-term side effects of cancer treatments.

The Unique Duties and Responsibilities Involved in Working with Cancer Clients

A client’s oncology treatment may significantly influence the way skincare treatments are applied. Therefore, Oncology Aestheticians are trained to ask the most pertinent questions, such as:

  • Have any lymph nodes been removed, and where?
  • Has skin pigmented due to chemotherapy/radiation?
  • Is the patient on steroids?
  • Does the patient have phlebitis at the injection site?
  • Does the patient have a port, and where is it located?
  • Where is the patient’s immediate area of active radiation treatment?
  • Is the patient currently under chemotherapy treatment or in remission?

Advanced Study and Certification

Oncology Certified Skincare Therapists are held to the exact same state licensing standards as aestheticians. This means whether they work with cancer patients or not, are required to hold the same state-issued license and meet the same requirements to qualify for licensure. However, this special certification often distinguish themselves from other practitioners through specialized education and post-licensure certification that promotes a unique understanding of the needs of cancer patients. This training involves achieving an advanced level of knowledge of cancer, cancer treatment, and side effects. covering the following:

  • Cancer Crisis
  • The Disease
  • Cancer Treatment
  • Contraindications and Precautions
  • Psychological Therapy
  • Ingredients in Skin Care
  • Skin Cancer
  • Standards of Practice

The Institute of Integrative Oncology offers Greet the Day programs, which complement the work of a multi-disciplinary team of physicians, nurses, social workers, massage therapists, estheticians, and yoga teachers. The goal of these programs is to teach professionals how to combine conventional and complementary therapies into a course of care that addresses the whole living person.

For more information about services offered contact:  â€‹Chezza Badaracco @  530-615-1206                                     ***20% off for clients undergoing chemotherapy/radiation treatments or for recovering cancer clients