The supportive services provided by Tennessee Oncology’s Health Psychology, Palliative Care, Genetic Counseling and Integrative Oncology are collaborative in the treatment of oncology patients. Many cancer patients experience side effects, both physical and mental that can be lessened or alleviated with additional care disciplines.
Health psychologists provide counseling, including cognitive and behavioral interventions, to help patients cope with their cancer diagnosis, treatment and survivorship. Issues that are commonly the focus of treatment include anxiety, stress, grief and managing the impact of cancer on work and family.
Palliative providers include Palliative care physicians and nurse practitioners. They provide oncology patients with symptom and side effect management, like pain, insomnia, or nausea. In addition, palliative care providers can assist patients in defining their treatment plans based on their goals.
Evidence-based complementary therapies such as acupuncture, massage, yoga, nutritional support, physical activity, mindfulness/meditation and other body therapies have been shown to improve side effects of cancer and treatment and have also been shown to improve outcomes.