Frequently Asked Questions
What are Complementary Therapies?
Complementary therapies are those treatments given in conjunction with standard cancer treatments of surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy. They are used in addition to mainstream treatments to provide supportive care to patients. No oral medication or supplements are given out by the Centres. Please refer to the Program of Therapies available at our metropolitan centres.
There is a difference between alternative therapies, which are used instead of mainstream therapies, and complementary therapies, which are used alongside mainstream treatment. The SolarisCare Foundation works in consultation with the mainstream medical system to provide complementary integrated therapies. Please refer to Our Services for details
What do complementary therapies do?
Evidence provided by SolarisCare as well as international research has shown that complementary therapies may assist with symptoms associated with cancer treatment including pain, nausea, fatigue, anxiety and depression. Please refer to the Research and Education page for further information.
Do these complementary therapy treatments clash with my mainstream treatment?
No. Similar institutions overseas have shown that providing complementary therapies in a non-clinical environment alongside mainstream therapies can produce positive results for patients.
How many treatments can I have?
Cancer patients and their carers may attend individual therapies (approximately one per week), group activities and counselling for the duration of their medical treatment program. A programme of therapies on offer is available from each Centre.
How much does it cost for a treatment?
Treatments are provided free of charge.
Who is entitled to make use of the Centres?
The therapies offered at SolarisCare Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and our regional centres in Bunbury and Albany are open to all cancer patients in West Australia, regardless of the hospital providing treatment. SolarisCare St John of God operates under a collaborative agreement with St John of God Hospital Subiaco, and is available to patients at that hospital.
Will you inform my doctor that I am receiving complementary therapy treatment?
Not unless you want us to, and only with your permission. Confidentiality and privacy are maintained at all times. A doctor's referral is not needed.
Are all the therapists qualified in their fields?
Yes, all therapists are accredited professionals. Information about qualifications of all therapists is available at all Centres.
When are the Centres open and do I need to book?
The Centres are open Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 4.30pm. Please Contact Us to secure an appointment.
How are the Centres funded?
The Support Centres rely on donations from the general public, fundraising events and community partnerships to fund its services and programs.