Integrative medicine is healing-oriented, taking into account the whole person—body, mind and spirit—and all lifestyle aspects. Rose Medical Center partners with Medicine Hands to provide a program that provides integrative and complementary care to work in partnership with your radiation therapy treatment.

Integrative medicine often has been proven to provide relief from physical and emotional pain for cancer patients.

Randomized controlled studies indicate that complementary therapies can control treatment-related physical and emotional symptoms including pain, fatigue, nausea, anxiety and depression in cancer patients. Importantly, many of these interventions can produce long-lasting improvements, including easing chemotherapy nausea and reducing pain from cancer and treatment. While these therapies are not intended to treat the cancer itself, they may ease some patient’s side effects and improve quality of life.

Our integrative therapies include:

Massage

  • Offered on a weekly basis for 30 minutes by an oncology-trained massage therapist
  • Benefits include:
    • Alleviate pain and improve range of motion
    • Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs
    • Lessen depression and anxiety

Acupuncture

  • Offered a few times a week by licensed acupuncturists
  • Benefits include:
    • Overall feeling of well-being
    • Decreased anxiety
    • Improved sleep and reduced pain
    • Reduction in nausea and vomiting
    • Reduction of numbness and pain from neuropathy

Learn more about Medicine Hands