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Cancer support services – essential, not luxuries

First Aired: December 7, 2014

Complementary therapies have been found to improve the quality of life of anyone journeying with cancer. The key factor here is quality of life. Sometimes people will make an assumption that a service like therapeutic massage or yoga is a luxury. But, really, nothing could be further from the truth.

And we know this from some pretty heavy hitters – the Office of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine is part of the National Cancer Institute. And, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine is part of the National Institutes of Health.

These national organizations as well as prominent medical institutions like MD Anderson and Memorial Sloan Kettering conduct scientific research to provide you and your medical team with valuable data about the benefits of complementary therapies. Research is published in prestigious journals like Cancer, Journal of Cancer Survivorship, and National Review on Clinical Oncology.

This program provides insight into the role and impact of complementary oncology therapies used in conjunction with conventional treatment. They can help control some treatment side effects like nausea and fatigue, and can build physical and emotional strength that is so vital to fight this disease.

Our guest is Holly Menard, an oncology massage therapist with Sunrise Massage and Body Work who also provides these services to Cornucopia participants.


Holly Menard

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