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Rheta Mankin | Southlakeoncology

Comprehensive Support in Cancer Care

Aug 7th 2014 at 3:25 AM

Cancer care is a multi-faceted, integrated approach to treating what is a very complicated disease. Those undergoing treatment quickly come to realize that there is much more involved than undergoing surgery and related treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation. While these cancer treatments, and other treatments like it, are vital to the cancer patient’s survival and quality of life, they are not the only pieces to the puzzle. There is so much that is attached to a cancer diagnosis; an impact that can be felt not just physically but on every level including emotionally and spiritually. Research has shown that when we approach cancer treatment with this in mind, there is greater opportunity for success in the way of a healthy outcome. So, as a cancer patient - whose responsibility it is to advocate for our own health - it’s important to find those cancer treatment centers that supply you with everything you need for the battle ahead; and that means addressing the needs of the whole person.

What should you look for when seeking out comprehensive cancer care support?

A cancer treatment center with a human touch. The doctors you choose to treat your cancer should see you as more than a patient; they should treat you as a person. If you can’t connect with your doctors on a human level, you may often find yourself feeling unnecessarily frustrated. This is an emotional journey as much as it is a physical one. Choose a treatment facility where you feel comfortable with the people surrounding you.

State-of-the-art medical treatments with a commitment to staying ahead of the curve. Medically speaking, you want to be with a cancer care team that has their collective fingers on the pulse of emerging cancer treatments and have expertise in your particular type of cancer.

The availability of therapies that range beyond the traditional. Because cancer can affect every part of your life, it’s important to have access to alternative therapies that can help you manage the side-effects of your treatment - such as massage, meditation, and acupuncture, address the overall health of your body - such as nutritional and exercise support, and support you emotionally - such as access to support groups and/or counselors.

When you combine all of these important factors, you are giving yourself the gift of being fully supported during this emotionally and physically challenging time in your life. Look for a treatment center that addresses these needs in the manner in which you deserve.

About the author:

Southlake Oncology is located in the heart of Southlake on Southlake Boulevard. Located adjacent to the beautiful Southlake Town Square our office is on the second floor of the Texas Health Resources Harris Methodist medical office building. Within the clinic our patients will find a peaceful, spa-like atmosphere, an experienced and trained medical staff, and our board certified medical oncology and hematology physicians Dr. James Mackey and Dr. Kiran Kancharla. Southlake Oncology also offers ample and convenient free parking to all of our patients and family members. Visit http://www.southlakeoncology.com/ for more information on treatment options available at their centers.

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