Cancer care needs innovation and integrative cancer care reduces cancer risk, improves cancer-related survival, and quality of life.
Boulder, CO (Vocus/PRWEB) February 01, 2011
EmbodiWorks, a new non-profit organization, announces the launch of their educational website with integrative cancer care resources.
Cancer patients, cancer caregivers, and health care providers need reliable integrative cancer information to support whole person health and healing. EmbodiWorks provides these cancer resources toward the full spectrum of needs in cancer patients. People with cancer often seek more integrative care. Studies suggest that approximately 80 percent of cancer patients use complementary and alternative medicine modalities.
“Integrative cancer care addresses more than the cancer diagnosis and symptoms. Along with healthy lifestyle practices that support cancer patients, quality cancer care includes other disease-fighting and wellness-promoting strategies for the whole person,” explains Jeannine Walston, co-founder and Executive Director of EmbodiWorks.
Current cancer statistics from the National Cancer Institute indicate approximately one in two men and women will be diagnosed with cancer during their lifetime. Despite billions of U.S. dollars invested in cancer research over the last forty years, not enough progress has been made. Some cancer rates continue to increase, the success of many cancer treatments is measured in months instead of years, and the cancer care system does not typically support the full scope of needs in those affected by the disease. As World Cancer Day approaches and cancer remains both a national and global epidemic, cancer care needs innovation.
“Cancer care in the United States is highly sophisticated technologically, but the choices are at once unnecessarily limited and bewildering, and the implementation often fragmented. And far too many patients and their families receive minimal if any psychological support on the arduous journey of cancer treatment,” says James S. Gordon, MD, founder and director of The Center for Mind-Body Medicine, co-author of Comprehensive Cancer Care, and creator of the CancerGuides training.
New cancer care models are required to reverse the current statistics and trends. Integrative cancer care includes wellness strategies for the entire physical body, mental and emotional vitality, spiritual support, social wellness, and environmental health. These aspects of life collectively define health. Studies show that integrative cancer care reduces cancer risk, improves cancer-related survival, and quality of life.
More and more cancer patients are creating an integrative cancer care program with a range of therapeutic approaches, providers, and disciplines. Cancer patients must be empowered with reliable cancer resources to develop a plan toward optimizing their integrative cancer treatments, health, and healing. EmbodiWorks helps to fill this gap.
Dr. Gordon explains, “EmbodiWorks provides responsible, sensitive guidance in creating the kind of individualized program of care– one which thoughtfully integrates conventional, complementary and alternative therapies– that every person with cancer needs.”
The comprehensive nature of integrative cancer care supports cancer patients with a map toward optimal wellness. “EmbodiWorks educates and inspires so people become more empowered through their cancer journey. Our resources help cancer patients toward the best decisions and care for themselves,” says Jeannine Walston.
EmbodiWorks is a non-profit organization focused on creating a better world by providing definitive, reliable educational resources and supporting advocacy focused on integrative cancer care. The goals of EmbodiWorks are to reduce cancer risk and improve cancer-related survival, quality of life, and whole person health care. For more information, please visit http://www.embodiworks.org/.