The Integrative Oncology Program combines conventional medicine with evidence-based complementary therapies to support the health and healing of the whole person. We offer acupuncture, massage and Reiki to help manage symptoms associated with cancer treatment by calming the mind and relaxing the body. These treatments are shown to improve quality of life by lessening the side effects of conventional treatments and providing psychological and physical benefits to the patient. Integrative therapies are offered at no charge to patients in active cancer treatment. These services are funded through generous donations from our community through the St. Charles Foundation. If you are interested in donating, please click here. To schedule an appointment, call 541-706-6723.
Treatment by an oncology-trained acupuncturist involves painlessly inserting small needles into specific points on the body to stimulate energy flow. Acupuncture is offered to patients with symptoms related to treatment such as peripheral neuropathy, gastrointestinal issues, dry mouth, pain, nausea and sustained high anxiety.
Reiki (ray’key) is a Japanese energy-based technique that provides deep relaxation and supports the body toward balance. Sessions involve light, hands-on touch provided by certified Reiki practitioners while patients lie on a table fully clothed. Benefits may include:
- Deep relaxation
- Enhanced sense of peace and well-being
- Decrease in fatigue
- Decrease in tension and anxiety
- Increase in immune system response
- Decrease in pain
Massage therapy is provided by an oncology-trained massage therapist. Massage is offered in the infusion room during your treatment or by private appointment.
Integrative Therapies now has aromatherapy to enhance our healing modalities.
Aromatherapy is the practice of using natural oils to enhance psychological and physical well-being. Each oil is of a natural compound which is found in the seeds, stems, bark, roots, flowers and other parts of plants. If you have enjoyed the smell of lavender, a rose or freshly cut mint, then you have experienced the aromatic qualities of essential oils.
As a patient enters the door of the Integrative Therapies Suite, they are happily greeted by our scheduler and with sounds of soft music coming from each of the therapy rooms. At that time, they take a moment to discover which essential oil feels good to them as they inhale its essence. Patients are then given their own personal inhaler to use during their massage, reiki or acupuncture session and also to take with them as a gift to use to calm or enhance their day.
Massage therapy at the Cancer Center is provided by an oncology-trained massage therapist. Massage is offered in the infusion room during your treatment or by appointment. This massage is a therapeutic and safe massage for patients going through cancer treatment. Benefits of massage may include deep relaxation, decrease in muscular tension, pain and anxiety.