‘What is oncology esthetics?’ you might be wondering. It’s not a ‘technical’ term, but it is a skill to address the side effects the skin often experiences when undergoing treatment for cancer. I recently attended classes on the growing need for skin care professionals to be trained on working with clients that have undergone chemotherapy or radiation. The skin often experiences extreme dryness, irritation, and sensitivity. As an esthetician, I have the privilege and the responsibility to help heal my clients’ skin in a safe environment.
Everyone knows somebody whose life has been affected by cancer – it has become so common. My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer 20 years ago. We were blessed that it was caught early on, and her doctors were able to effectively get her into remission. My grandfather was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer several months ago, and within a few weeks, was gone. We were in the airport waiting to fly out when he passed, so we didn’t get to see him before he passed. Our family spoke of how uncomfortable he was, and how much pain his body was in. How I wish I could have been there to offer a therapeutic touch.
People ask me why I chose to become an esthetician and work in this field, and my response is “I like to help people feel good about themselves.” So here I go on the next journey and chapter for Sweet Life! I am so excited to go to Chicago this month and become certified through Oncology Esthetics-USA. Stay tuned for Oncology Esthetics – Part II when I will share what I learn and experience!