Vaginal Cancer Mind-Body Medicine, Counseling & Support Groups
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Our mind-body therapists provide counseling, support groups and other therapies to help you cope with the challenges of vaginal cancer.
Mind-Body Medicine for Vaginal Cancer
At Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA), we believe it is important to keep you strong in every way – body, mind and spirit – as you undergo vaginal cancer treatment.
Many women diagnosed with vaginal cancer struggle with the emotional aspects of the disease and its treatment. You may experience a wide range of emotions, including depression, anxiety, anger and/or fear. The impact of the disease on fertility and sexuality are common concerns.
Our licensed mind-body medicine team provides counseling for vaginal cancer patients and their partners, and we 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.
Our mind-body medicine team understands 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 vaginal cancer counseling options available. It’s your decision if you would like to continue meeting with a therapist.
- 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 vaginal cancer patients deal with their pain, nausea and anxiety, and also to support the immune system.
- Deep Breathing Exercises: Mind-body therapists work with vaginal cancer patients on an individual basis to teach deep breathing as a relaxation and stress management technique.
- Laughter Therapy: These 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 vaginal cancer, to prevent swelling in the legs (lymphedema).
Our mind-body therapists work closely with your entire vaginal cancer treatment team at CTCA and are here to support you in making ongoing care decisions. In addition, they can connect you with qualified practitioners in your area once you return home.
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