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Integrative Services at the

James M Stockman Cancer Institute

The diagnosis and treatment of cancer takes a toll on the body and mind. Supportive care is available to help you manage treatment-related side effects; improve your physical and mental health, and increase overall quality of life.

For more information, contact us at 240-566-4100.

Wellness for the Mind and Body

We have designed Integrative Services to focus on improving your physical, spiritual and mental health during and after cancer treatment.

Benefits of integrative therapies include:

  • Reduce feelings of stress and anxiety
  • Improved or reduced treatment-related side effects
  • Increased feelings of mental and physical well-being
  • Support healing and recovery process
  • Increased quality of life

Unique Access to Expert Treatment Planning

Dr. Patrick Mansky, Medical Director for Medical Oncology, is an expert in integrative oncology and complementary therapies related to cancer treatment.

Using an evidence-based approach and working with a team of practitioners, we will evaluate your unique needs and develop a treatment plan just for you.

Integrative Services

Click here to view a message about Integrative Services from Shelley Pentony.

Mindfulness & Meditation

Meditation, relaxation and imagery can help to reduce stress, improve sleep, mood, and pain, and results in decreased stress hormones and improvement of immunity.

Mind-body techniques are meant to be practiced regularly to produce beneficial effects. Each time patients feel the benefit of a technique they are using, they reinforce a sense of control over their own lives and counter feelings of hopelessness and helplessness.

Meditation focuses attention on increasing mental awareness and clarity of mind (Concentrative meditation) or opens attention to whatever goes through the mind and to the flow of sensations experienced from moment to moment

(Mindfulness meditation). The most extensively studied form of meditation in oncology is a multicomponent program called Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), which includes mindfulness meditation, yoga stretching, and group dynamics. Practicing mindfulness can be associated with significant improvement in mood disturbance and stress symptoms.

Qi Gong

Tai Chi incorporates physical movement, breath control, and meditation and is associated with increased aerobic capacity, muscular strength and flexibility, and improved quality of life and self-esteem. In elderly participants, Tai Chi can reduce fall risks and help to maintain mobility.

Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, & Five Elements Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a therapeutic modality originating from traditional Chinese medicine. Theoretically based on regulation of the flow of “qi”, or vital energy, by stimulation with needles, heat, or pressure on certain points on the body, evidence supports the use of acupuncture in treating some common symptoms experienced by cancer patients, such as pain, nausea, vomiting, and radiation-induced dry mouth.

In addition, acupuncture may also be helpful for patients suffering from cancer-related shortness of breath and, cancer-related fatigue, chemotherapy-induced neuropathy, or post-surgical pain.

Participating Providers:

  • Alexander King, L.Ac., C.M.D.
  • Houng King, L.Ac., C.M.D.
  • Claudia Olson MAc, LicAc

Massage

Massage therapy helps relieve common symptoms associated with a cancer diagnosis and cancer treatment such as anxiety, pain, fatigue, and distress. When working with cancer patients, the application of deep or intense pressure during massage is typically avoided.

Participating Provider:

  • Lana Lloyd, LMT, MLD-C

Yoga

Participating Provider:

  • Shelley Pentony, E-RYT 500 HR

Integrative Services are available at the James M Stockman Cancer Institute.Call 240-566-4100 and press Option 1 to schedule your appointment.

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