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plan using a holistic approach. It was important to
assess how much Steve had already gone through
before selecting the right treatment for his acne.
Preparation and approach. Based on the
information learned, it is important to prepare the
treatment room with gentle touches, including linens,
scents and music that are peaceful. Aromatherapy—
such as sweet orange or grapefruit to decrease nausea
and improve mood—is often used. (See Approaching
Clients With Cancer on Page 80.)
Treatment. For Steve’s skin care service, the two
priorities were relieving dehydration and treating
the rash. When working with clients with cancer,
Morgan-Lousky urges: “Try thinking differently.
Remember the skin is a reflection that mirrors inner
health.” Being the largest organ, it suffers damage
during treatment. Cell renewal, adequate circulation,
proper nutrition, sleep, hydration and water intake
must all be balanced for healthy skin.
The skin has an almost endless absorption
capability. An organic product line with vitamins
and antioxidants to supplement the skin’s nutrition
capitalizes on this capability. The enzymes and
exfoliants used should be mild. Massage should be
used to stimulate blood flow and remove toxins.
Straight antioxidants, such as teas, should be
incorporated in revitalizing the skin.
Because glycolic peels would be too harsh for this
type of client, lactic acid can help obtain results that
would minimize inflammation that causes folliculitis
and clogged pores.
Steve’s treatment plan consisted of:
• Lactic acid treatment;
• Application of cucumber and tea tree oil followed by
sweet almond milk mixed with yogurt;
• High-frequency treatment; and
THE MAJORITY OF CLIENTS
• Finishing serums and moisturizers to support skin
THERAPIES EXPERIENCE AN
Some physicians may try to prevent the acnelike
rash or treat it with antibiotics and/or steroid creams.
Some may refer to a dermatologist. These rashes
gradually disappear when treatment ends without
any long-term consequences. Although not considered
life-threatening, these skin changes are difficult and
have caused some people to stop treatments.
Initial assessment and analysis. It is tempting to
diagnose a client’s needs by virtue of experience. Of
course experience helps, but first, a reminder about
getting back to the basics. You should be using an
intake form. The responses to the following questions
will generate invaluable information.
• What medical treatments has the client received?
• What medical treatments is the client currently
• How long has the client been in treatment?
• What side effects are being experienced by the
• Is the client having any pain?
You don’t need a full medical history, but this
simple assessment will help you choose which
ingredients should be introduced into the treatment
Steve’s acnelike rash.