Why integrative care makes a difference with cancer treatment

10.14.2021

A cancer diagnosis affects more than just your physical health. It can take a toll on your whole body.
 
That's why an integrative approach to care is essential to your overall health and well-being. It takes cancer treatment beyond therapies to eliminate cancer cells and addresses all aspects of your mental, emotional and spiritual health.
 
Learn how integrative therapies help the natural healing process of the body.
 
Integrative care helps you maintain quality of life, stay mentally strong and keep up with your normal routine. It boosts the body's natural healing process, so you have a better chance to overcome side effects that often come with surgery, radiation or chemotherapy. 

Care for the whole body

Integrative therapies typically focus on strategies to support your overall health – what you eat, how you stay hydrated, your exercise routine and sleeping patterns, as well as ways to cope with stress. Your personalized plan gives you options to use supplements, acupuncture, aromatherapy, hydrotherapy and other natural medicines to help you stay strong during and after treatment.
 
Here's how integrative care helps your body, mind and spirit:

  • Strengthens your body to attack the cancer

  • Helps you cope with side effects of cancer treatment, like nausea, pain and fatigue

  • Reduces stress and eases concerns about cancer treatment

  • Gives you control over your well-being to maintain quality of life

  • Builds your body's natural defense system to protect against cancer in the future

At Goshen Center for Cancer Care, the Integrative Care Team includes naturopathic doctors, registered dietitians and mind-body counselors. They work together with oncologists and other cancer care providers to build a care plan specifically for your individual needs, preferences and values.

Types of integrative therapies

  • Acupuncture reduces side effects of traditional cancer treatment and boosts the body’s response to treatment.

  • Mind-body healing teaches you how to better cope with the mental and emotional demands of a cancer diagnosis and treatment.

  • Naturopathic medicine stimulates the body’s natural healing process, supports the immune system and overcomes barriers to recovery.

  • Nutrition therapy helps strengthen the body and gives you the energy you need during and after treatment.

  • Supportive services offer ways to cope with the effects of cancer on you, your caregivers and loved ones.

Talk with your doctor

If you have received a cancer diagnosis, talk to your oncologist about how integrative therapies can help you manage your mental, emotional and spiritual health during treatment.
 

Shelia Manning, ND, Naturopathic Medicine Resident at Goshen Center for Cancer Care, offers these tips to patients with cancer and other conditions. She specializes in naturopathic therapies to treat the whole person, not just the disease. Her therapies minimize side effects, optimize treatment outcomes and assist the body's natural healing process. To schedule an appointment for a naturopathic consult or appointment, call (574) 364-2948.