Napa, CA – This week Queen of the Valley Medical Center announced the launch of a new Cancer Wellness Program at the Wellness Center. The Cancer Wellness Program is designed for cancer patients to aid in their recovery, and prepares them for their future as a cancer survivor.
The goal is to help ease the effects of cancer and cancer treatments. This holistic program focuses on improving the quality of life, the functional performance, and the psychological well-being of cancer patients so that body, mind and spirit needs are met. Behaviors such as maintaining a healthy weight, staying physically active throughout life, and consuming a healthy diet are important factors in the ongoing battle against cancer.
"An important goal of the Cancer Wellness Program is to help the participants’ transition from cancer patients to proactive cancer survivors. This goal fits well with the Mission of the Sisters of St. Joseph, to continually improve the health and quality of life of those in the communities we serve, "said Larry Hazen, Physical Therapist and Manager of Rehabilitation Services for Queen of the Valley Medical Center.
The approach is multi-disciplinary and involves exercise, nutrition, psycho-social and spiritual support. National studies indicate that programs like the Cancer Wellness Program can mitigate certain side effects of cancer treatment, such as nausea and fatigue. Last year’s Cancer Wellness pilot program demonstrated hopeful outcomes both in the mitigation of side effects and increasing quality of life during treatment.
The program is three months in length and is individually designed for each cancer patient. Participants in the Cancer Wellness program will benefit from the collaboration of physicians, physical therapists, nurses, dietitians, stress counselors, personal trainers, fitness instructors and others.
With the success of our Reach for the Stars event, Queen of the Valley Hospital Foundation has launched a campaign to raise funds to help cancer patients participating in the Cancer Wellness program. Ongoing fundraising efforts have been planned to continue the scholarship program well into the future.
"We are thrilled and excited to offer this service to our community and believe we are breaking new ground in cancer treatment," said Dick Green, Vice-President and Chief Development Officer for Queen of the Valley Hospital Foundation.
Admission to the Cancer Wellness Program is through referral by a physician. More information is available by calling the Rehabilitation Services Department at Queen of the Valley Medical Center at (707) 257-4089.