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Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Mind-Body Medicine

mind-body medicine
"We have found that everyone going through the cancer journey experiences some stress. Stress over time can compromise one's immune system. That’s why we're here in the Mind-Body Medicine Department. We can help people manage and reduce stress related to the cancer journey."

-Dr. Katherine Puckett, Chief, Division of Mind-Body Medicine

Our department

The Mind-Body Medicine Department at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) is available to support you and your family before, during and after cancer treatment.

Our licensed mind-body 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 and your care team to provide behavioral practices designed to promote healing, reduce emotional distress and improve quality of life.

Mind-body services

Our mind-body services— all of which are available to patients, caregivers and their families—include:

  • Individual, couples and family counseling: Our mind-body therapists are available to provide a wide range of department services, including cancer support groups, counseling and individual therapy services. It is your decision if you would like to continue meeting with a therapist. Depending on your needs, we may offer strategies to help you cope with anxiety and depression, assist with family dynamics and communication, reduce stress and help you live a meaningful life during your cancer journey.
  • Guided imagery: This is a relaxation technique that teaches patients to use positive mental images to manage stress and physical discomfort. Guided imagery may be used to help cancer patients deal with their pain, nausea and anxiety.
  • Deep breathing exercises: Mind-body therapists work with 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 this type of mind-body medicine may reduce stress, improve pain and balance blood pressure.
  • Music therapy: Certified music therapists are available at some of our hospitals, using music to help patients address physical and emotional needs.
  • Stress management: Techniques and classes help patients and their loved ones learn methods for self comfort and stress reduction.

Our mind-body therapists work closely with your entire cancer treatment team and are here to support you in making ongoing care decisions. In addition, they may connect you with qualified practitioners, support groups and counseling services in your area once you return home.

The mind-body medicine team

The mind-body medicine team at CTCA® in Philadelphia is staffed by licensed psychologists, licensed professional counselors and licensed clinical social workers.

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