Counseling, occupational therapy, physical therapy, palliative care, ostomy, prosthetics, and integrative therapies are all key parts of successful cancer therapy available to Beloit Health System patients. At Beloit Health System’s Cancer Center, we recognize that modern, effective cancer treatment involves not just traditional medicine, but support services that benefit the whole patient.
Counseling Services Offer Crucial Support To Cancer Patients
Counseling offers a critical means of support to cancer patients at Beloit Health System’s Cancer Center. Our professional staff can help patients and their families learn to cope with the life changes inherent in a cancer diagnosis. Counseling helps patients understand and cope with the emotions that come with cancer, and improves patient/doctor communication. Through individual and group counseling, cancer patients and their loved ones get help with the emotional and physical side effects of both disease and treatment. Beloit Health System offers counseling because we care about the total patient, and recognize the life-changing nature of a cancer diagnosis.
The Beloit Cancer Center also offers the assistance of a social worker to patients who have questions on social services, financial counseling, or community resources. Please call 364-5253 if you would like to meet with Kirsten Holloway, social worker.
Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, And Palliative Care Are Essential To Complete Recovery
Occupational therapy and physical therapy at Beloit Health System help cancer patients work toward maximum function and routine living. Occupational therapy aids cancer patients as they seek to manage everyday activities, fitness, fatigue and energy levels, as well as cognitive function, such as memory. Physical therapy provides patients who are undergoing cancer treatment with reduced pain and fatigue, and helps increase strength, sleep quality, and balance.
Palliative care also helps improve the lives of cancer patients at Beloit Cancer Center. With palliative care the symptoms and side effects of cancer and its treatment are prevented and treated with a focus on support and symptom management. Stephanie Schlueter, Nurse Pracitioner, is available at the Beloit Cancer Center to assist patients in the area of palliative care.
Ostomy and Prosthetics Are Available To Beloit Health Care Cancer Patients
Ostomy is a surgical procedure sometimes used for bladder and colon cancer patients, in which an opening is made in the skin to allow waste to leave the intestines or bladder. Beloit Health System offers an ostomy support group. Prosthetics, or artificial body parts are used when cancer treatment requires the removal of a particular body part in order to stop the spread of the disease.
Integrative Therapies Combine Modern Medicine With Complementary Treatment
"Integrative therapies" is a term used to describe the use of complementary therapies with traditional medicine. Complementary therapies include alternative diets, acupuncture, massage, yoga and meditation, among other things. Complimentary massage is offered at the Cancer Center several days a week for both patients and caregivers. At Beloit Health System, we support the use of integrative therapies, in which alternative therapies and standard medical procedures are used in concert for best possible outcomes. We offer integrative therapies as part of cancer treatment.
Two Support Groups for Cancer Patients and Families
1) Bosom Buddies Support Group
Breast cancer/and or Women with Cancer support group that meets the third Monday of the month at 5:30 p.m. at the Beloit Cancer Center. 1670 Lee Lane. For more information, please call Taylor Becker, Breast Patient Navigator at 608-235-3398.
2) Walking Warriors Cancer Support Group
Cancer support group for those with cancer or their loved ones that meets the fourth Wednesday of the montj at 5:30 p.m. at the Beloit Cancer Center. (The meeting offers support and does not involve walking.) For information, call Debbie at 608-364-5253.
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