Why integrative care matters for cancer treatment

Why integrative care matters for cancer treatment

For the approximately one million people in the United States who are diagnosed with cancer every year, the impact can be felt on more than just their physical health. Depression, anxiety, economic worries and relationship issues often arise alongside the physically difficult side effects of cancer.
 
This is where integrative or complementary cancer care comes in. There’s more to treating cancer than just eliminating cancer cells. Helping a patient maintain quality of life, stay mentally strong and still be able to manage his or her personal life is an essential part of cancer treatment. 
 
Integrative therapies — such as nutritional counseling, naturopathic medicine, chiropractic care, meditation, spiritual support, acupuncture, physical therapy and mind-body therapy — can supplement conventional cancer treatments such as surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.
 
Integrative or complementary therapies for cancer may:

  • improve physical, mental and emotional function
  • alleviate pain or other symptoms associated with chronic illness
  • improve well-being and quality of life
  • mitigate side effects of conventional cancer treatments
  • empower individuals to make lifestyle choices that may improve clinical outcomes

If you have received a cancer diagnosis, talk to your physician about integrative therapies to help manage your mental, emotional and spiritual health during cancer treatment.
 
At the Goshen Center for Cancer Care, we treat the whole person, not just the cancer. That means we design a treatment plan specifically for you, bringing together a highly trained team of oncologists and integrative therapy experts who have access to advanced treatment options.
 
If you or a loved one has received a cancer diagnosis, contact our oncology information specialists to learn more about our approach to attacking cancer and treating the whole you at (888) 492-4673 (HOPE).

Posted: 6/26/2017 by Goshen Health
Filed under: cancer care

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