Contact: Jill Holder
UK Markey Cancer Center Supportive Oncology Services established the Integrative Medicine Program in 2003 to expand the approaches to care available to patients with cancer, to conduct research on promising new approaches to cancer care, and to educate health professionals about the values of integrative medicine. A weekly Integrative Medicine Clinic at UK Markey Cancer Center currently offers energy therapy and therapeutic massage.
Ky. (May 20, 2004) -- Eastern Kentucky cancer patients, families and caregivers now have access to free integrative medicine services. WaysMeet, a Berea-based group of health practitioners, teachers and workshop facilitators, will provide these services on behalf of the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center as part of the Supportive Oncology Services Integrative Medicine Program. Services will be provided at the WaysMeet facility at 122 Main St. in Berea.
A generous grant of $90,500 over three years from the Steele-Reese Foundation will fund these services for residents of 53 Eastern Kentucky counties.
The UK Markey Cancer Center Integrative Medicine Program addresses the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of cancer patients, their family members and caregivers. It provides treatments that complement conventional care for cancer and help with the symptoms of cancer and the side-effects of cancer treatment.
Among the services currently offered in Berea are:
- Acupuncture – Acupuncture involves the insertion of fine, sterile needles into the skin to improve the body’s flow of energy and to unblock areas where energy flow is obstructed. Patients with cancer may find acupuncture helpful for treatment of nausea, pain, and fatigue to improve overall well-being. A licensed physician who is also board-certified in medical acupuncture provides this service at WaysMeet.
- Energy therapy – In an energy therapy session, the patient relaxes mind and body as the energy therapist redirects energy flow with her hands. Energy therapy may help with the pain, nausea, anxiety, and sleep problems that often accompany cancer and cancer treatment. Family members and caregivers may find energy therapy helpful for fatigue and stress. At WaysMeet, an experienced nurse practitioner with specialized training in various forms of energy therapy provides this service.
- Health counseling for comprehensive cancer care – Studies show that many cancer patients use treatments in addition to those prescribed by their physicians. At WaysMeet, a registered nurse who is board-certified in holistic nursing and has special training in cancer care, provides patients with information on safe and effective approaches that address body, mind, spirit and environment, while offering support for patients and families in developing comprehensive care plans.
UK Markey Cancer Center Supportive Oncology Services established the Integrative Medicine Program in 2003 to expand the approaches to care available to patients with cancer, to conduct research on promising new approaches to cancer care, and to educate health professionals about the values of integrative medicine. A weekly Integrative Medicine Clinic at UK Markey Cancer Center currently offers energy therapy and therapeutic massage. The Steele-Reese Foundation grant provides UK with the opportunity to make integrative services accessible to Eastern Kentucky patients in a community setting.
For more information or to schedule an appointment in Berea or Lexington, call the UK Markey Cancer Center at (859) 257-4488 and ask for SOS.