An integrative approach
Deaconess Cancer Services is dedicated to improving quality of life, which means we offer more than traditional medical treatment. We add services to treat the emotional and spiritual aspects of disease, and we help patients sort through the overwhelming—and often misleading—information regarding alternative and complementary therapies. We invite you to learn more about:
Using Our Emotional & Spiritual Resources
Group Programs - We offer holistic events specific to cancer patients in Evansville. The following programs are offered regularly throughout the year. Contact us at 812/858-CARE (2273) or 800/632-2623 for future dates.
Look Good...Feel Better
This program offers a make-over for the spirit. It teaches beauty techniques to women cancer patients to help them combat the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment.
Man-to-Man Prostate Support Group
Man-to-Man is a prostate support group for all men with BPH or prostate cancer; hosted by Evansville Cancer Center/Vantage Oncology in cooperation with the American Cancer Society.
The following services are available by appointment. To schedule, call 812/858-CARE (2273) or 800/632-2623.
- Healing Touch - Benefit from this non-invasive therapy used to restore and balance energy flow. Our practitioners are nurses with advanced training in healing touch energy work.
- Spiritual Counseling - A Religious Life professional is also available for individual counseling.
Evaluating a Holistic Therapy
Holistic services - also known as alternative or complementary services - are sometimes used to complement the benefits of traditional medical treatment. Some serve this purpose and offer benefits, while others offer no benefits or even harm patients or interfere with the standard treatments provided by physicians. If you are interested in trying a holistic therapy, discuss the decision with your physician. Ask:
- Does research support or debate the treatments's claimed benefits?
- What benefits should I expect?
- What risks are involved with this treatment?
- Do the known benefits outweigh the possible risks?
- What side effects are associated with the treatment?
- Will it interfere with my standard medical treatment?
- Is it part of a clinical trial?
If so, how can I learn more about participating or the results?
Evaluating a Holistic Practitioner
Consider the following questions when choosing a complementary practitioner.
- Is the practitioner willing to inform your oncologist about the treatment offered? A responsible practitioner will be eager to work with your other health care providers to facilitate your healing process.
- Is the practitioner professionally certified or licensed? The practitioner should be able to verify professional training.
- What is the person's reputation among other complementary practitioners and traditional medical providers?
- What success rate does the practitioner claim?
- Can you speak to previous patients?
- If the practitioner is recommending oral supplements or a medical device, who will profit from the sale?