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"New era" of cancer care emphasizes mind, body, spirit

Earlier this year, the Michael D. Wachtel Cancer Center at Mercy Medical Center welcomed a "new era" of cancer care services focusing on mind, body and spirit.

Thanks to a new, collaborative partnership with Green Bay Oncology, both medical and radiation oncology services continue to be available to patients without leaving Oshkosh. A comprehensive care team-including board-certified medical and radiation oncologists, nurse practitioners, RNs, nurse navigators, genetic counselors, rehab therapists, social workers, dieticians, spiritual services, palliative care, home care, and hospice-focuses on care of the whole person, close to home.

In addition, a new survivorship program will introduce patients to alternative therapies as a compliment to more "traditional" cancer care. Services such as massage therapy, nutritional support, healing touch, Reiki, essential oils, massage therapy, exercise, and meditation will be offered to cancer patients and their families on a monthly basis. Evidence suggests that a "whole person" model of care that focuses on the patient's mind, body and spirit may increase strength and energy, alleviate pain, and improve overall wellbeing.

"Being a cancer survivor today has a much broader and far reaching definition," says Jean McDonald, Regional Director of Oncology Services. "Survivorship starts at the time of diagnosis and extends through the remainder of one's lifespan. We are dedicated to helping cancer survivors' achieve optimal health and quality of life."

To make a donation to support the Michael D. Wachtel Cancer Center and cancer care services locally, please call (920) 223-0520 or visit http://mmcgift.org.

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