Mind-body medicine for pancreatic cancer
Many pancreatic cancer patients experience anxiety, depression and other psychological stresses that may impact their immune system, digestion, sleep and concentration. Mind-body therapies, including individual or family counseling sessions and support groups, may help you identify and manage the psychological impacts of cancer and its treatment.
Our trained mind-body therapists may teach you how to apply techniques like guided imagery, relaxation, stress management, laughter therapy and energy therapies to support your peace of mind and well-being. These techniques may also help to reduce pain, nausea, sleep problems and other side effects.
We know that many pancreatic cancer patients may be concerned about the well-being of their loved ones, and we recognize that caregivers play an important role in the healing process. The mind-body medicine team hosts pancreatic cancer support groups, and also provides counseling and mind-body therapies to your caregivers and other loved ones, as well.
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.