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COPES Gynae Cancer Support

COPES stands for Cervical, Ovarian, Perineal, Endometrial Support. The support group was launched in November 2005, as patients wanted local support for those affected by gynaecological cancers. The aims are patient support, raising awareness, research and education for the benefit of inpatients and outpatients who are affected by a gynaecological cancer, both at Southend and Basildon Hospitals.

They have in attendance at each support group two qualified complementary therapists who are both are fully trained nurses at Southend Hospital. They provide free complementary therapies. They also have a trained yoga instructor who offers a relaxation session. The website shows the dates of the support group, as well as the complementary therapies available.

Tai chi, yoga and relaxation are incorporated into their coffee mornings. MacMillan research has shown that gentle exercise, such as yoga and tai chi, aids recovery and can have positive effects on the after effects of chemotherapy.


The support group is free to attend, and everyone is welcome to bring a friend or family member along for the first meeting. A member of the committee may be able to meet and greet or assist with travel arrangements if someone were nervous about attending.


Acupuncture, Massage, Reflexology, Reiki.

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7 Park Gardens
Hockley, Essex, SS5 4HE, UK

+44 1702 435555 ex 6464
All therapies provided at this location:
Reiki (pronounced Ray-Key) literally means universal life force energy and is a system of healing that is believed to stimulate the body's natural ability to heal itself on all levels, whether physical, mental, emotional or spiritual.

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Reflexology is a very gentle and rhythmic foot massage.

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Oncology Massage
Massage is the practice of manipulating, applying pressure, and rubbing or stroking soft tissue and skin to promote physical and mental relaxation, well-being, and circulation.

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Acupuncture is an ancient system of healing from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and involves the stimulation of special points on the body, known as acupuncture points, for therapeutic or preventive purposes.

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Specialist exercise programmes designed to help support cancer patients during and after treatment.

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