Cancer Treatment Cares for the Whole Person

Posted on Sep 19, 2016

Figmind body soulhting cancer with advanced treatments and technologies is only part of caring for the whole person. Integrative medicine includes therapies to boost a patient’s immune system, reduce side effects and maintain their well-being.

For more than a decade, the Center for Integrative Medicine at Sutter Health’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center has offered acupuncture, nutritional support, Qigong, yoga, meditation and music therapy to foster wellness and healing for those battling cancer.


Amy Matecki, M.D., Alta Bates Summit’s medical director for Integrative Medicine

“We offer patients holistic therapies that complement traditional methods like chemotherapy and radiation to enhance their quality of life,” says Amy Matecki, M.D., Alta Bates Summit’s medical director for Integrative Medicine. “Our comprehensive care emphasizes wellness and healing of the whole person and aligning each patient’s care plan with their physical, emotional and spiritual needs.”

Why are integrative therapies needed?
Cancer treatments or the cancer itself can cause side effects that integrative therapies address. With the help of specialists such as Dr. Matecki, patients integrate healthful food, relaxation techniques, exercise and emotional support into their treatment plan.

“Fighting cancer can take an emotional toll, cause stress and impact relationships,” says Matecki. “I advocate for a blend of evidence-based complementary and alternative therapies with conventional Western medicine in a best-of-both-worlds approach to treating disease, healing and improving health.”

Dispelling myths of alternative medicine
On Monday, Sept. 26, Dr. Matecki and a panel of specialists from Alta Bates Summit will discuss the advantages of incorporating cancer treatment with acupuncture, nutrition, herbal supplements and hypnosis.

Special guest Dr. Christian Boukaram, a recognized authority on integrative radiation oncology and professor from the University of Montreal, will demonstrate how patients can practice mind-therapy techniques on their own.

“This event is a great way for people to ask questions and learn about different therapies that may work for them or their family members,” adds Matecki. “I believe it’s essential that patients and their physicians establish an open dialogue and find balance in using alternative therapies.”

Integrative Medicine Symposium
When: Monday, Sept. 26
Time: 5:30-6 p.m. (Reception/Refreshments)
6 to 7:15 p.m. (Presentation)
7:15 to 8 p.m. (Q & A with Panel)
Where: Fontaine Auditorium, Samuel Merritt University
Health Education Center, 400 Hawthorne Ave., Oakland

To reserve your space at this free event, call 510-204-5656.

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