Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT ARE COMPLEMENTARY THERAPIES?

Complementary Intergrated Therapies (CIT's) are provided to support mainstream medical cancer treatments including surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy. Examples of Complementary therapies are relaxation massage, reflexology and mediation. For the full list of CITs offered by SolarisCare please refer to our guide, which can be downloaded here

WHAT DO COMPLEMENTARY THERAPIES DO?

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.

DOES COMPLEMENTARY THERAPY TREATMENT AFFECT MAINSTREAM MEDICAL TREATMENT?

No, research has shown that providing complementary therapies 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 can be more frequent. A program of therapies on offer is available from each Centre.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST FOR A TREATMENT?

All services provided by SolarisCare are free of charge. Donation are welcomed. 

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 and carers.

SolarisCare St John of God operates under a collaborative agreement with St John of God Hospital Subiaco, and is available to patients and carers at that hospital.

CONFIDENTIALITY

SolarisCare observes legislative requirements of privacy and confidentiality.

REFERRALS

Patients and carers may self refer, referal from a health care professional is not required.

ARE ALL THE THERAPISTS QUALIFIED IN THEIR FIELDS?

Yes, all therapists are accredited professionals. Information about qualifications of all therapists is available upon request.

WHEN ARE THE CENTRES OPEN AND DO I NEED TO BOOK?

The Centres are open Monday to Friday from 9.00am to 4.30pm. SolarisCare Great Southern is open Monday to Thursday from 9.00am to 4.30pm

Please contact us to book an appointment.

HOW ARE THE CENTRES FUNDED?

SolarisCare Foundation does not receive ongoing government funding. As a community based health organisation we are reliant on the generosity of community partnerships, support from the general public and  fundraising events in particular the SolarisCare Red Sky Ride.