At Cheyenne Regional Cancer Center we believe that treatment of our patients includes embracing the holistic ‘mind, body and spirit’ approach. Complementary therapy is used alongside traditional medical treatment to assist the cancer patient in maintaining a higher quality of life while undergoing cancer treatment.
Complementary therapies may help to relieve some of the symptoms and side effects of cancer and cancer treatment, as well as improve a person’s overall sense of well-being. Integrative therapy is the combined use of proven, traditional medical treatments and complementary therapy.
Massage therapy is a method of relieving stress and anxiety during cancer treatment. According to American Cancer Society studies, it decreases stress, anxiety, depression, pain, fatigue, stiffness, and reduce headaches and back aches. Massage can also temporarily provide feelings of well-being and relaxation. The Cheyenne Regional Cancer Center has a certified oncology massage therapist who is trained specifically to work with cancer patients. Before your massage, your oncologist will be asked to sign a release form that informs the massage therapist of any problem areas to avoid during the massage. It is our goal to help you minimize tension and stress during your cancer treatment. Massage appointments for our patients can be made through the Cancer Resource Center, by calling (307) 432-3638.
Cancer patients can benefit from therapy animal visits. Time spent with therapy animals can help to boost emotional and physical well-being by reducing stress, promoting healing, lowering blood pressure and lifting moods. In as little as five minutes of time spent with a therapy dog, patients notice decreased fatigue, psychological distress and pain. Cheyenne Regional Cancer Center has therapy dogs that are registered with Therapy Dogs, Inc. They visit the Center at various times throughout the week and patients are encouraged to interact with them if they wish. The pets are washed and brushed prior to each visit, and are eager to share their special kind of caring with our patients!
Support groups offer cancer patients the opportunity to share personal stories, support other group participants, ask questions and share the emotions that come up during the cancer journey.
Cheyenne Regional’s cancer support groups are ongoing monthly meetings. Some of our groups are led by survivors and others are led by hospital facilitators. Our support groups are free of charge to patients and their families, and they are held right at the cancer center. We have a variety of support groups, and hope that one will meet your individual needs.
- Men’s Cancer Support Group: Third Thursday of the month (from 6:30 to 7:30 pm) (307) 432-3638
- Women’s Cancer Support Group – Third Monday of the month (from 6:30 to 7:30 pm) (307) 432-3638
- Lymphedema Support Group – Quarterly (307) 633-6175)
Guided imagery is a complementary therapy that can be used to help with relaxation and stress management. It involves a variety of mental exercises that are designed to allow your mind to influence your overall health and wellbeing. According to the American Cancer Society, guided imagery can help to reduce stress, anxiety and depression, as well as aid in pain management, lower blood pressure, and ease some of the side effects of chemotherapy. Additionally, it helps to establish a feeling of wellbeing and a sense of control. Cheyenne Regional has several staff members who are trained in guided imagery and pre-recorded tapes are available. For more information please call (307) 432-3638.