Whether you’re facing a new diagnosis of cancer or are a survivor coping with side effects, the Ochsner Integrative Oncology team can help enhance the quality of your life. Our services, when combined with traditional therapy, treat the whole patient – not just the cancer. Based on scientific evidence, our complementary therapies can help restore your overall health and well-being, during or after treatment. Because cancer doesn’t define you, we’ve redefined cancer care.
The Seven Pillars of Health
When you meet with a member of the Integrative Oncology team at Ochsner, you will go over the seven pillars of health: sleep, resilience, purpose, environment, spirituality, nutrition and exercise. We’ll discuss how you feel about your purpose in life, what brings you joy and how you address issues with family members. We’ll also help you work on lifestyle changes, such as weight loss that can impact long-term survival, particularly in certain types of cancer. And, because we offer multi-disciplinary, holistic care, we can direct you to other specialists when needed.
Depending on your individual needs, Integrative Oncology may include:
- Psychology, including addressing PTSD
- Physical therapy to help address lymphedema, decreased range of motion after surgery and improve balance, strength and fitness
- Pelvic floor physical therapy
- Sexual wellness
- Cancer survivorship boot camp: group classes focusing on nutrition counseling, weight loss, mindfulness and lifestyle/behavioral changes to improve quality of life and long term survival
- Mindfulness training
- Music therapy
- Massage therapy
- Art therapy
At Ochsner Integrative Oncology, you’ll receive recommendations for what you can do on your own, such as using apps for mindfulness and meditation. We’re here to help you and to show you how can help yourself safely and effectively.
Make An Appointment for a Consult
To start with Integrative Oncology, you will do an initial Integrative Oncology consult either in person or as a virtual visit. Ask your doctor or call 866-624-7637 to set up an appointment or for more information.
Acupuncture helps with side effects from breast cancer treatment (hot flashes, night sweats) and head & neck cancer treatment (pain & loss of taste), neuropathy from chemotherapy, cancer related fatigue, anxiety and depression, loss of sleep and more. Get details.
Cancer patients can suffer from sleep disturbance and insomnia. Plus, there is a lot of anxiety with a cancer diagnosis, so we help with sleep hygiene before bed and other recommendations. We also help patients look at safe alternatives to sleeping medications if they want to take something more natural.
Many women with breast, gyn, or colorectal cancer can struggle with body image. They may feel scarred after reconstruction – like they lost an essential part of their body. There are also vaginal changes that happen with cancer treatment. Sexual wellness includes working with patients and their partners to go over goals and how to reestablish sexual intimacy.
Stress, anxiety and depression often go hand in hand with a cancer diagnosis. Because your mental and emotional well-being is integral to your physical health and recovery, Ochsner Integrative Oncology offers leading-edge psychology and psychiatric services, including cognitive behavioral therapy. These appointments are also available as virtual visits.