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The Markey Cancer Center is known for providing state-of-the-art care for cancer patients, incorporating the latest advances in surgery, chemotherapy and radiation medicine.
However, cancer patients have needs that even these treatments cannot reach. They may have pain from their disease or secondary to treatment. They often experience anxiety or depression. They may undergo a spiritual crisis. Some are overwhelmed by decisions they have to make concerning their care. Many worry about family members who rely upon them. Palliative care is a special branch of medicine dedicated to meeting these patient needs.
Palliative care and integrative medicine at Markey Cancer Center currently includes:
One of Markey's most unique services is the Jin Shin Jyutsu program, available for all cancer patients at the Markey Cancer Center without charge for the initial five sessions. Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioners use light touch on specific areas of the body to open the pathways and restore the body’s energy system to a more harmonious state.
video about our JSJ program, and our new
Jin Shin Jyutsu self-help videos.
Read about our
Jin Shin Jyutsu® program, free of charge and open to Markey patients.
Read about our monthly
Jin Shin Jyutsu seminar, free of charge to Markey patients and caregivers.
Other patient and caregiver services are provided through the Markey
Psych-Oncology (PDF 136 KB) staff.
The services mentioned in this section are considered Integrative Medicine, also called complementary medicine, and they combine non-mainstream health practices with conventional medicine and treatment patients already receive at Markey Cancer Center. Non-mainstream health practices (integrative medicine) generally fall into two categories: natural products, and mind-body practices. Among these practices are:
Research available on complementary medicine varies widely by topic, but the National Center for Complementary and Alternative medicine has noted that acupuncture, yoga, spinal manipulation and meditation hold some promise in pain management, which can be useful for cancer patients undergoing treatment.