What is mind-body medicine?
The mind-body medicine program at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) is designed to support you and your caregivers before, during and after cancer treatment.
Mind-body medicine, an integral part of whole-person care, recognizes the powerful ways in which emotional, mental, social and behavioral factors may directly affect a patient's physical health. Our licensed mental health and allied professionals offer caring relationships and therapeutic practices and techniques in an effort to help you and your caregivers respond to a cancer diagnosis and treatment regimen in empowering and stress-reducing ways so you are better able to improve your health, relationships and overall well-being.
It’s your decision if you would like to meet with a mind-body therapist and/or participate in any of the following services:
- Individual, couples and family counseling: Meet with your mind-body therapist as an individual, couple or family for help with working through difficult decisions, coping with cancer and how it affects your life and relationships, discovering and using your inner strengths and resources, and exploring ways to enjoy life while on this journey.
- Relaxation and guided imagery: Learn to use positive mental images and focused breathing that may increase your physical and emotional comfort. Cancer patients may find this helps with physical discomfort and stress.
- Support groups: Connect with others going through a similar experience.
- Wellness practices for stress management/reduction: Discover tools and strategies that may help reduce stress and positively affect your well-being.
- Therapeutic laughter: Enjoy a distraction from your everyday stresses by joining in laughter exercises. Research has shown that positive laughter and humor may offer physical and psychological health benefits.
Our mind-body therapists work closely with the patient's entire cancer treatment team, offering feedback and input where appropriate. They are here to support you in making ongoing care decisions and, when needed, can try to connect you with qualified practitioners, support groups and counseling services in your area once you return home.