Patients dealing with cancer are increasingly looking for ways to expand and enhance their conventional treatment. Our experience shows that many are finding the benefits of complementary therapies through Integrative Medicine.
Patients at NorthShore Kellogg Cancer Centers at Evanston, Highland Park and Glenbrook Hospitals feature dedicated Integrative Medicine practitioners in Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture. Massage therapy, nutrition, herbal supplements and Integrative Medicine consultations are available at the Park Center in Glenview.
We employ a variety of integrative therapies to help patients both during and after completing cancer treatments. Complementary cancer treatments can positively impact a range of quality of life issues, including increased energy, strength, appetite, pain relief, better digestive functioning, and restful sleep.
Our integrative team works collaboratively with NorthShore oncologists and other specialists, with seamless communication through our shared Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system.
Traditional Chinese Medicine and Cancer Treatment
A growing number of patients are choosing to integrate acupuncture therapy and Chinese herbal medicine into their conventional cancer care. These therapies can help offset the side effects of radiation and chemotherapy as well as the anxiety of a cancer diagnosis.
Acupuncture has been shown to relieve pain and neuropathies, alleviate nausea and constipation, boost immunity and appetite, and help promote a sense of calm and well-being. Patients routinely report looking forward to their integrative treatments for the emotional and physical benefits.
Our practitioners have received special training through Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center for treating oncology patients. The Integrative Medicine team works closely with NorthShore oncologists who are increasingly referring patients for integrative oncology treatment.
Laser acupuncture is also available for patients with cancer, particularly those dealing with lymphedema or other contra-indicators for needles. The low-level laser is a safe and effective, needle-less form of treatment and offers similar benefits to traditional acupuncture. NorthShore is the first center in the community to provide low-level laser acupuncture therapy to patients, adhering to the highest safety standards set forth by our rigorous hospital review process.
Massage Therapy and Cancer Treatment
Massage promotes relaxation and stress reduction. It is recognized as beneficial for cancer patients both physically and emotionally. Patients find a myriad of benefits from massage, including reduced pain, headache relief, decreased fatigue, anxiety and depression, insomnia relief, and more positive body awareness. Through gentle comforting touch, many of the body's functions move toward more optimal functioning.