WALLINGFORD — Serenity Salon and Day Spa is bringing awareness to the effects of cancer treatments by offering special services.
“I’m amazed at how many of my clients didn’t know about the long lasting effects from chemo and radiation,” said Katie Baker, Serenity Salon and Day Spa’s oncology-trained skin therapist.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Serenity Salon and Day Spa, 118 Center St., is offering a facial special for breast cancer patients and survivors.
The facial is similar to a regular facial but Baker concentrates on relaxation, skin dryness and sensitivity. It also includes a calming cleanser, mask and very light massaging. For some clients she also offers aromatherapy, which could help with nausea. The cost is $75.
“When going through chemotherapy treatments it really dries out the skin and makes it very sensitive,” Baker said. “Nothing that someone would normally use, is going to moisturize the skin.”
Baker pays close attention to clients who have had lymph nodes removed. With these patients, she is more gentle when massaging the skin.
According to the American Cancer Society, after lymph node removal surgery patients are at life-long risk for lymphedema, which is swelling in the arms or chest. They could also possibly deal with bleeding, blood clots or infection.
In 2019, an estimated 268,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer were diagnosed in women and 2,670 cases in men, according to American Cancer Society data. About 41,760 women and 500 men died from the disease that year.
Baker is studying to become a registered nurse. Both her dad and aunt have had breast cancer.
“Being in this industry, I’ve seen a lot of people with a lot of struggles with this disease.” she said. “This will allow me to merge my love for skin care and interest in the medical field.”
Appointments for the special are available through the end of the month, however Baker offers services for all cancer patients throughout the year.