Cervical Cancer Mind-Body Medicine, Counseling & Support Groups
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Our mind-body therapists are available to listen and help you cope with the challenges of cervical cancer. Learn how we support you in mind, body and spirit during your care with us.
Mind-Body Medicine for Cervical Cancer
The Mind-Body Medicine program at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) supports you and your family before, during and after your cervical cancer treatment.
Many cervical cancer patients experience a unique set of concerns. Some concerns are shared by loved ones, who are also facing challenges related to cancer. The impact of the disease on fertility and sexuality are common concerns related to cervical cancer:
- Many younger women with cervical cancer worry that they won’t be able to have children after treatment.
- Some women wonder about the long-term effects of cervical cancer treatment on their sexual function.
Our licensed mind-body therapists provide counseling for cervical cancer patients and their partners, and work with the rest of your oncology team to help you get clear answers to all of your medical questions. We also provide referrals if you are interested in fertility procedures.
Cervical Cancer Counseling & Support Groups
Our mind-body medicine experst therapists understand the powerful connection that exists between the mind, body and spirit, between stress and illness, and between health and hope. We work with you to provide practices that promote health, wholeness and quality of life.
All of our programs are available to patients, caregivers and their families:
- Individual, Couples and Family Counseling - A mind-body therapist schedules at least one visit with every in-patient to introduce the counseling options available. It’s your decision if you would like to continue meeting with a therapist or join one of the cervical cancer support groups.
- Guided Imagery - A relaxation technique that teaches patients to use positive mental images to manage stress and physical discomfort. Guided imagery can be used to help cervical cancer patients deal with their pain, nausea and anxiety, and also to support the immune system.
- Deep Breathing Exercises - Mind-body therapists work with cervical cancer patients on an individual basis to teach deep breathing as a relaxation and stress management technique.
- Laughter Therapy - These cervical cancer counseling sessions provide a safe place where patients can laugh. Research has shown that laughing can reduce stress, improve pain and balance blood pressure.
- Reiki - A gentle, hands-on practice that uses specific techniques to help restore and balance the body’s energy, strengthen its ability to heal, reduce stress and increase peace of mind.
- Qigong - This ancient Chinese healing art uses a series of soft, flowing movements to focus the mind and body. Qigong is taught to help reduce stress, build stamina and enhance the immune system. The gentle movements also increase lymph circulation, which is especially important for patients with advanced cervical cancer, to prevent swelling in the legs (lymphedema).
Our mind-body medicine practitioners work closely with your entire cervical cancer treatment team at CTCA and are here to support you in making ongoing care decisions. In addition, they can connect you with qualified cervical cancer support groups and counseling services in your area once you return home.
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