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Spas are places devoted to overall well-being through a variety of professional services that nurture body, mind and spirit.

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If you have cancer or a cancer history we are here to help you spa-well and better navigate your new normal in the spa setting.

 

We are not a spa. Greet The Day is a nonprofit organization helping people affected by cancer live better and feel their best throughout their cancer journey.

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Greet The Day helps people affected by cancer live better and feel their best throughout their cancer journey. If you have cancer or a cancer history we can help you spa-well and better navigate your new normal in the spa setting.

Greet The Day SPA

Coordinator since 2006

Helping you make the most of your spa experience during and after cancer treatment.

Denise B.

Ovarian cancer survivor since 2001, massage therapist since 2004, breast cancer survivor since 2011

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Make the most of your spa experience during and after cancer treatment.

Spa services are increasingly accepted as part of wellness-care during and after cancer treatment.

 

Some short term, lingering and late effects of medical treatment that require spa service modifications include:

 

• neuropathy and bone/joint pain

• medical devices such as ports and PICC lines

• blood clots or risk thereof

• compromised immunity

• fatigue, pain and medication side effects

• low white, red and platelet cell counts

• bone or vital organ involvement

• scar tissue

• lymphedema

• lymph nodes included in the field of radiation or removed during biopsy or surgery  

 

How long are spa service modifications needed? Regardless of how long you have been out of treatment spa service modifications may need to be considered. You should discuss this with your oncology-trained spa therapist.

Why are survivor safety practices at the spa so important?

How long do I need spa service modifications?

Denise B. Massage therapist, ovarian cancer survivor since 2001, breast cancer survivor since 2011

"Massage helped me feel better even when I was not feeling well."

 

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GREET THE DAY  

Nurturing Well-Being since 2003

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How long are spa service modifications needed? Regardless of how long you have been out of treatment, spa service modifications may need to be considered and you should discuss this with your oncology-trained spa therapist.

Greet The Day has created this website to help you understand the importance of selecting a therapist and spa offering specialized services to people with cancer or a history of cancer.

 

Spas are places devoted to overall well-being through a variety of professional services such as massage, skin and nail care. An oncology-trained massage therapist, esthetician or nail technician can provide you with a safe and satisfying spa experience that is customized to meet your needs.

Why do I need spa service modifications during or after cancer treatment?

Short term, lingering and late effects of medical treatment that require spa service modifications include fatigue, pain, neuropathy, blood clots or risk thereof, medication side effects, scar tissue, compromised blood cell counts, bone health or vital organ involvement, and lymph nodes affected by biopsy, radiation or surgery. Visit S4OM.org for detailed information.

 

How long do I need spa service modifications?

Maybe always. Lymphedema or the risk thereof is a very real concern, and can be a life long consideration. Regardless of how long out of treatment you are if you had lymph nodes from the axillary, cervical or inguinal area involved in diagnositic procedures such as sentinal lymph node biospy, removed during surgery or in the area of radiation, then standardized modifications should always be included during your massage, facial and nail treatment services.

 

Concerns about lymphedema or the risk thereof

It is relatively easy for a therapist to mindfully make spa service modifications for clients still in cancer treatment or recent recovery. The true challenge for the esthetician, massage therapist or nail technician is to mindfully make the modifications for clients long done with their cancer treatments, and especially those who do not readily self identify as having a cancer treatment history. We do understand the reasons why clients with cancer treatment histories sometimes choose to not self identify in the spa setting. But let your therapist know. They need to.

"Massage helped me feel better even when I was not feeling well."

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Denise B. Massage therapist, ovarian cancer survivor since 2001, breast cancer survivor since 2011

GREET THE DAY

Nurturing Well-Being Since 2003

 

How long are spa service modifications needed?

Regardless of how long you have been out of treatment, spa service modifications may need to be considered. You should discuss this with your oncology-trained spa therapist.

Greet The Day works closely with spas and all of their staff to help them better serve the needs of clients whose lives have been affected by cancer. The information on this website shares best care policies that we encourage your spa to adopt so that they can too.

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