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 though the Cancer Resource Center, by calling (307) 432-3638 or 1 (877) 286-0907.
Cancer patients can significantly benefit from positive interactions with therapy animals during treatment. The diagnosis and treatment of cancer can often cause stress and depression for patients. 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. Pet therapy also offers psychological benefits by promoting an emotional connection and reducing feelings of loneliness or isolation. Pets also encourage social interaction among the patients and families around them, which often leads to a more interactive social environment. 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!
During treatment for cancer, many patients find that the discomfort and fatigue caused by chemotherapy and radiation can be somewhat debilitating. Regular exercise has been shown to increase the body’s defenses and decrease fatigue. Yoga can help to provide cancer patients with a balanced form of whole-body exercise. It strengthens the body while boosting the immune system, and produces an overall sense of well-being. Yoga can also assist patients who have had surgery related to cancer, to restore mobility and flexibility. Patients often find that they’re able to achieve a sense of calmness while practicing yoga, that helps with the stress of a cancer diagnosis and treatment. Cheyenne Regional has a yoga instructor who has been trained specifically to guide cancer patients. For more information, call (307) 432-3638 or 1 (877) 286-0907.
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)
- Women’s Cancer Support Group – Third Monday of the month (from 6:30 to 7:30 pm)
- Lymphedema Support Group – Quarterly (for more information, call (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. For more information please call (307) 432-3638 or (877) 286-0907.