Lowry, UK College of Nursing, demonstrates energy
therapy techniques on Claire Baker, UK College of
Medicine Program complements care available to patients
undergoing cancer treatment and their caregivers.
The program incorporates all aspects of a patient's
treatment to provide the best care for the mind, body
Ky. (Dec. 4, 2002) -- Today, University
of Kentucky officials presented the Integrative Medicine
Program in the Marylou Whitney and John Hendrickson
Cancer Facility for Women at the UK Markey
UK officials also invited the public to an open house
to celebrate the opening of the new facility from
6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5.
According to Philip DeSimone, M.D., professor of
medicine, UK College of Medicine, and chief of the
hematology/oncology division, there has been an increasing
interest in the use of complementary treatments for
cancer in recent years. The Integrative Medicine Program
complements care available to patients undergoing
cancer treatment and their caregivers. The program
incorporates all aspects of a patient's treatment
to provide the best care for the mind, body and spirit.
"The purpose of these services is to help patients
through a difficult time," said DeSimone.
"This new Integrative Medicine Program is just
an extension of our comprehensive mission of the center," said Alfred Cohen, M.D., professor of surgery, UK
College of Medicine, and director for the UK Markey
Research programs will be an important part of these
services. "After we get clinics going, we will
start research programs to put more credibility in
"As a cancer center, we are research oriented
and can link clinical expertise with laboratory research.
This is called transitional research."
UK Markey Cancer Center faculty and staff offer the
following services in order to address the physical,
emotional and spiritual needs of their patients:
-- Acupuncture - The goal of acupuncture is to improve
the flow of energy through the body by unblocking
areas where energy flow is obstructed and by redirecting
energy to areas where it is lacking. Acupuncture involves
stimulation by insertion of fine, sterile needles
into the skin.
-- Energy Therapy - In an energy therapy session,
the patient relaxes mind and body as the energy therapist
works to redirect energy flow and to clear blockages.
-- Massage Therapy - Massage therapy is the therapeutic
manipulation of soft tissues in the body by various
The Integrative Medicine Program is committed to
research on promising approaches to comprehensive
cancer care and to the education of health professionals
about the values of integrative medicine.
The facility also houses several clinics and programs
to serve women and their families better, such as
multidisciplinary cancer clinics, the hematology/oncology
clinic and the gynecologic oncology service.
"Markey Cancer Center is a rather unique patient
care facility," said Cohen. "A unique aspect
is that we discuss options with patients and families
all in one day."
The Markey Cancer Foundation provided funds for the
facility. Founded in 1978, the foundation has raised
more than $50 million to build and support the UK
Markey Cancer Center. The continuing mission of the
foundation is to support the UK Markey Cancer Center
in its efforts to advance the highest standards of
cancer care and research. The UK Markey Cancer Center
is one of only a few cancer centers in the nation
that have been built exclusively through private funds.
For directions or more information about the open
house, please contact UK Markey Cancer Center (859)