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Promise and Progress - Gift Brings Complementary Care to Cancer Patients
Gift Brings Complementary Care to Cancer Patients
Date: November 11, 2010
In addition to the best medical treatment, our cancer patients will now have access to a full range of complementary services to aid in their physical and emotional recovery. The Kimmel Cancer Center’s new Complementary and Integrative Care Program will provide a variety of services, including massage, acupuncture, Reiki, guided imagery, training in relaxation techniques, nutrition counseling, and psychotherapy.
This important addition to Kimmel Cancer Center services is being made possible through the Ruth Carol Complementary and Integrative Care Endowment.
“We know that many patients seek out these kinds of services during the course of their cancer treatment, and we are excited to be addressing their needs and enhancing the comfort and well being of patients of the Kimmel Cancer Center,” says Harriet Legum, an advisory council member, who has helped raise money for the Complementary and Integrative Care Program.
Complementary care will be provided in the Hackerman-Patz Patient and Family Pavilion, our facilities at Green Spring Station and at the bedside for inpatients, and will be available to all patients regardless of their ability to pay.
Linda A. Lee, M.D., Director of the Johns Hopkins Integrative Medicine and Digestive Center, will oversee complementary practitioners providing services for Kimmel Cancer Center patients. Lee’s research and clinical efforts are focused on liver and other gastrointestinal cancers. It was her interactions with cancer patients and others with chronic digestive problems that led her to recognize the value of integrative medicine.
“Unfortunately, many chronic conditions exist for which there are presently no cures. But the lack of a cure for these disorders should not prevent a patient from achieving an improved quality of life and sense of well-being,” says Lee. “This is how integrative medicine is most helpful, because it is where conventional medical practices and the best of other healing modalities intersect to bring a comprehensive approach to the patient's condition.”
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Cover Story: Personalized Medicine is Here, The Time is Now
- Personalized Medicine is Here: The Time is Now
- Cover Story Sidebar: Our Cancer Research is Curing Other Diseases Too
- Cover Story Sidebar: A New Paradigm for Cancer Drug Discovery
- Cover Story Sidebar: Personalized Approaches in Pediatric Cancer
- Cover Story Sidebar: The Frankenstein Project
- Cover Story Sidebar: The Serendipitous Discovery of a Cancer Starter
- Cover Story Sidebar: The Mathematics of Curing Cancer
- Immune Cell Commander
- A Personalized Genetic Profile for Brain Cancer
- A New "Twist" in Breast Cancer
- JHU Engineering Student Invents Melanoma Screening Device
- Special Delivery: Biodegradable Particles Transport Drugs to Diseased Tissues and Organs
- Targeting Brain Cancer Stem Cells
- Vaccine Clears Out Leukemia Cells
- Does Low Cholesterol Equal Lower Risk of High-Grade Prostate Cancer?
- A Common Good - The Commonwealth Foundation
- Helping Us Solve The Cancer Puzzle
- The Skip Viragh Center
- Making Waves to Fight Cancer
- Gift Brings Complementary Care to Cancer Patients
- A Major Gift for Kidney Cancer Research
- Giant Food Supports Childhood Cancer Research
- Wawa Cares About Cancer Patients
- Young Lacrosse Players Faced Off Against Childhood Cancer