Some complementary medicine may help relieve certain symptoms of cancer, relieve side effects of cancer treatment or improve a patient's sense of well-being. At the Regional Cancer Care Center we make the following complementary therapy available to our patients.
Are you curious about acupuncture? This ancient therapeutic practice has entered the modern age, and been shown to be effective for symptoms relating to cancer and associated treatment. It may help with pain, nausea, fatigue, hot flashes, peripheral neuropathy, depression, anxiety and insomnia. Acupuncture is now available to patients on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and appointments last an hour. Treatments are given by licensed acupuncturists who are pursuing doctoral training in traditional Chinese medicine and oncology through Bastyr University in Seattle. The $30 fee is a considerable reduction from regular acupuncture treatment prices, and is payable at the time of service. Call 360-814-2146 to schedule your appointment.
Art and Healing
First and third Mondays of each month, 2 – 4 p.m. in the Safeway Conference Room (third floor) at the Regional Cancer Care Center. Our knowledgeable instructor has been doing art therapy with cancer patients for over ten years. Creating art may reduce anxiety and stress plus improve emotional well-being. It is a great opportunity to process and integrate the challenges of serious illness and treatment. Please note that artistic “skills” are not required! Instructor: Margaret Carpenter Arnett, BSN, ATR.
Good nutrition can assist in aiding tolerance to treatment, enhance energy level, and support the immune system. There is a myriad of information regarding cancer and nutrition available in print and via the Internet. Please proceed with caution and be aware that our center can provide a professional opinion on your current resources. Please ask your physician or nurse for a referral or call 360-814-2435.
For additional information about healthy eating through cancer treatment visit American Institute for Cancer Research and American Cancer Society.
For additional information about Complementary Therapies visit National Cancer Institute. The NCI publishes a free booklet titled Thinking About Complementary and Alternative Medicine: A Guide For People With Cancer. Click here to request a copy of this booklet be send to you via email or read online.