Radiotherapy Centers of Georgia (RCOG), a division of RC Cancer Centers launched a new Integrative Oncology Wellness Program designed to improve the quality of life for cancer patients by strengthening the mind and body connection.
“Too many people treat the cancer and then send the patient on their way,” said Chad Levitt, M.D., medical director of Radiotherapy Centers of Georgia in Cumming. “At RCOG, we know that if we treat the ‘whole body’ and provide patients with the tools they need to have a more positive outlook it will improve their quality of life and the treatment experience.”
The Integrative Oncology Wellness Program enables trained experts in the fields of massage therapy, mind-body (epigenetics), and nutrition to join with RCOG’s physicians, caregivers, nurses, therapists, physicists, and dosimetrists, along with a patient’s family and caregivers, to offer an integrative or holistic approach to cancer treatment.
The new massage therapy program features experts offering various types of massage, including: gentle stretch; lymphatic; neuromuscular; reflexology; Swedish; and therapeutic touch.
The mind-body (epigenetics) program helps patients learn how to bring forward the elements within their mind and body that can help them manage the stress levels they face while reducing the ill effects of this stress and reaping the positive benefits on the immune system.
The nutrition program provides access to counseling with a registered dietitian who helps patients develop a plan that can help them stay strong while undergoing treatment and lessen the side effects associated with treatment.
The education program helps patients learn about cancer prevention and detection; find out more about a cancer diagnosis; understand clinical research; address survivorship issues; and locate additional support resources.
The Integrative Oncology Wellness Program is now available at the Radiotherapy Centers of Georgia North Georgia office located at 1055 Haw Creek Parkway, Cumming, Georgia 30041. Phone: 678-947-0457. RCOG will expand the program to other locations during 2010 and services will vary by location. For more information call the Radiotherapy Centerss of Georgia – North Georgia office at 678-947-0457 or visit http://www.rcog.com/.