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Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Posted on December 12, 2016 with No Comments
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Three questions to help you decide about any treatment.

  • Do the potential benefits outweigh the downsides?
  • Does the intervention seem to be the easiest and safest way to accomplish what you want?
  • Does the product appear to be too good to be true (such as curing all types of cancer)? If so, well, you know how the old saying goes.

Three essential sources for authoritative and helpful data on CAM.

  • National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM). Evidence based answers (that means based on medical research) to questions about CAM for all diseases; their topic list has more than 300 types of CAM and diseases including acupuncture, botanicals, mind-body techniques, nutrition, pharmacologicals, and much more. Part of the National Institutes of Health, they answer basic and advanced questions. 800-422-6237 Mon-Fri 8am-8pm.
  • Office of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine(OCCAM). Its the same as NCCAM above but only for cancer. 800-422-6237 Mon-Fri 8am-8pm.
  • QuackWatch is a safe website that helps detect false medical claims and quacks. Note: Articles on this site often refer to weaknesses in certain treatments; they usually refer not to the treatments themselves, but to how practitioners advertise them.

Below you will find face to face classses and/or groups addressing or using mind-body techniques.

Mind/Body Techniques to Enhance Healing (Novant Health). This group helps people incorporate healing techniques into their lives. Open to anyone who has any type of cancer, the group members learn about and how to use meditation, imagery, stress reduction, relaxation, etc.  They meet every Monday evening from 7pm-9pm. Call 704-332-8394 Mon-Fri 9am-5pm or 704-384-5223 Mon-Fri 8:30am-4:30pm.http://www.novanthealth.org/PresbyterianMedicalCenter/Services/Cancer/Supportandadvocacyservices.aspx 

Tai Chi and Qigong. Instructors help cancer patients learn to relax, increase energy, and harmonize body, mind, and spirit.  Members progress at their own rates without competition.  Check the listings at the website for more information. Call the Cancer Resource Center at LCI for more details at 908-442-1006 Mon-Fri 8:30am-5:00pm.http://www.carolinashealthcare.org/service.cfm?registration=true&id=10441&action=list&limit_category=cancer 


 

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Companions, Visitors and Home Health Services

Posted on November 12, 2016 with No Comments
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Love, INC. A Christian organization that coordinates church volunteers to provide a variety of services including 1) home visits to help caregivers, 2) Care Teams to adopt eligible seniors and those with disabilities, 3) ramps for housebound, 4) telephone reassurance calls, 5) monthly light housekeeping, and 6) transportation for grocery or medical trips. All services […]

Clinical Trials

Posted on October 12, 2016 with No Comments
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NCI Cancer Information Service. This National Cancer Institutes phone and web service provides assistance in English and Spanish covering just about everything having to do with cancer.  A very small sample of topics includes diagnosis and treatment, clinical trials, pain control, nutrition, talking with family, and complementary and alternative medicine.   Call an information specialist […]

Cancer Navigators and Other Care Coordinators

Posted on September 12, 2016 with No Comments
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Cindy’s Hope Chest. This small nonprofit provides support, education, and encouragement for women battling breast cancer. They work with women where they are at the moment; they focus on a global perspective rather than simply providing individually requested services. Call 704-529-2935 to leave a message for a return call any time any day. http://www.cindyshopechest.org Navigators […]

Hints for healing

Posted on September 12, 2016 with No Comments
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For the person with cancer Find the best team for you.  Choose a doctor based not only on the recommendations of professionals, but also on the suggestions of other people with cancer.  If you have a choice, visit each doctor once before deciding which one will work best for you. There is no such thing […]