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Integrative therapies used to aid diagnosis, help recovery

By Staff | Oct 23, 2019

For patients battling all forms of cancer, including breast cancer, treatment has typically centered on eliminating the disease through surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. However, many patients benefit from an integrated, multidisciplinary approach for recovery and emotional well-being.

To support this connection and provide the best possible care for cancer patients in Southwest Florida, Lee Health’s Regional Cancer Center and Healthy Life Centers have launched an integrative health program tailored to cancer patients. The goal is to complement their cancer treatment and bring optimal healing and well-being to their life journey.

The Integrative Health Program at RCC offers a variety of services, including:

– Hypnotherapy: Hypnosis works as part of a treatment program for several psychological and medical conditions stemming from a cancer diagnosis. Hypnotherapy can also facilitate other types of therapies and treatment, especially pain management.

– Acupuncture: Acupuncture, a traditional Chinese medicine practice, seeks to rebalance the body’s energy fields. The practice is based on the belief that when an imbalance occurs, the flow of energy is disrupted and disease may occur. In support of conventional medicine, acupuncture can help diminish the painful effects of cancer treatment, reduce stress, anxiety, depression, brain fog and neuropathy.

– Massage Therapy: Massage therapists apply highly individualized massage treatments to comfort, nurture and support cancer patients wherever they are in their treatment journey. Sessions can help ease anxiety, reduce treatment-related pain, improve energy levels, improve sleep and manage nausea from cancer treatments.