Becoming a cancer survivor starts the moment a patient is diagnosed, and at MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper we realize that physical healing is only part of our mission. That’s why we created the Dr. Diane Barton Complementary Medicine Program.
This important program enhances the quality of life and wellness of individuals living with, through and beyond a cancer diagnosis. It utilizes therapies that focus on mind, body and spirit while supporting mainstream medical care. Our complementary therapies are designed to lessen the pain, stress and anxiety associated with cancer. They also provide assistance in handling the side effects of such traditional treatments as radiation and chemotherapy.
Proven Benefits of Complementary Therapies
While complementary therapies cannot cure cancer, many patients have found them to be helpful in managing and coping with their cancer. While traditional medicine and healthcare treat the illness, complementary medicine therapies help promote wellness in the whole person. In addition to the therapeutic benefits, taking part in complementary medicine therapies empowers participants – providing them with an opportunity to take a positive, active role in their care and treatment.
A Wide Selection of Therapies
The Dr. Diane Barton Complementary Medicine Program offers a variety of mind-body therapies performed by specially trained certified therapists.
All therapies and programs offered through the Dr. Diane Barton Complementary Medicine Program are available at no cost and are open to all cancer patients, regardless of where they receive their treatment.
Our complementary medicine programs include:
- Laughter chair yoga
- Therapeutic chair massage
- Meditation for relaxation
- Guided imagery
- Qi Gong
- Music therapy
- Creative arts for healing
- Body movement classes
- Nutrition education
- Behavioral workshops
- Educational seminars
- Tea cart program
- Survivor Times newsletter
Programs are available throughout the year in our Camden and Voorhees locations.
Yoga for Improving Mental and Physical Well-Being
MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper’s Dr. Diane Barton Complementary Medicine Program is pleased to offer several gentle yoga sessions led by Julie Fischer, certified yoga instructor and a complementary medicine program practitioner.
These short sessions focus on gentle stretching and are a great way to get you moving and improve your physical and mental well-being. If you find the movements too challenging, listen to your body and adapt them to your comfort level. Be sure to check with your physician before starting any exercise program.
Full-Body Yoga for Relaxing and Unwinding With Julie Fischer - 8 Minutes
Gentle Beginner's Yoga With Julie Fischer - 30 Minutes
Gentle Chair Yoga With Julie Fischer - 30 Minutes
To register for a complementary medicine program, please click here. For questions or additional information on the Dr. Diane Barton Complementary Medicine Program, please contact Program Director Bonnie Mehr at 856.325.6646.