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Fox Chase Cancer Center's Complementary Medicine Program Enters New Year

PHILADELPHIA (January 28, 2000) -- Complete Care at Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia's first cancer-focused complementary medicine program, is leading a growing trend to provide patients treatment that accompanies medical care, and addresses the well-being of the whole individual.

The program helps to enhance quality of life by addressing a person's physical, psychological and emotional needs during and after cancer treatment.

"Most people are aware that diabetes and heart disease are managed for a lifetime. Fox Chase's complementary medicine program takes the same approach to cancer," explains John Martinez, manager of Complete Care. "Complementary medicine gives a patient the help they need to manage the disease." These therapies are designed to help people cope with treatment side effects, stress, changing body image and functional problems requiring cancer-specific rehabilitation medicine and care.

"Unlike traditional cancer care, complementary care gives the cancer survivor the tools they need to achieve a lifetime of wellness," adds Martinez.

Complete Care, which opened in September 1998, is viewed as a part of the core medical services offered at Fox Chase Cancer Center. The program has its own physical facility, and its services are combined with the offerings of the rest of the Fox Chase structure including the various clinics, rehabilitation and social work services.

Popular services include fatigue management, hypnotherapy, lymphedema management, nutrition and yoga. This year, acupuncture is now also available as part of Complete Care's list of offerings.

"We feel strongly that Fox Chase is at the cutting edge of complementary care, leading the way as one of the best programs in the country in terms of philosophy and progress," says Martinez.

An additional advantage for Complete Care is that the clinicians have special skills that add to their ability to help patients and are a part of their daily job responsibilities. For example, the nurse practitioner is also an expert in nutrition, and the physical therapists incorporate their specialty skills to help lymphedema clients.

In the new year, Complete Care will offer a comprehensive focus on prevention. Prevention efforts will include such services as nutrition, exercise, stress management and smoking cessation. These services complement the existing prevention programs at Fox Chase, like the Prostate Cancer Risk Assessment Program and the Margaret Dyson Family Risk Assessment Program for people at high risk for developing breast and ovarian cancer.

Complete Care's emphasis on cancer prevention for the new millennium also coincides with the opening of Fox Chase's new Research Institute for Cancer Prevention. This $38 million initiative has added new research laboratories and programs, building on Fox Chase's already strong foundation in cancer research and treatment. It is housed in the first building in the nation primarily dedicated to cancer prevention.

"We bring the same standards of excellence to our complementary care services that we do to our established prevention and treatment programs," says Martinez.

Services are available to Fox Chase patients and also to patients receiving primary cancer treatment elsewhere. For more information about Complete Care at Fox Chase Cancer Center or to make an appointment, please call 215-728-7000.

Fox Chase Cancer Center, one of the nation's first comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute in 1974, conducts basic and clinical research; programs of prevention, detection and treatment of cancer; and community outreach. For more information about Fox Chase activities, visit the Center's web site at:

Fox Chase Cancer Center, part of the Temple University Health System, is one of the leading cancer research and treatment centers in the United States. Founded in 1904 in Philadelphia as one of the nation’s first cancer hospitals, Fox Chase was also among the first institutions to be designated a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center in 1974. Fox Chase researchers have won the highest awards in their fields, including two Nobel Prizes. Fox Chase physicians are also routinely recognized in national rankings, and the Center’s nursing program has received the Magnet recognition for excellence four consecutive times. Today, Fox Chase conducts a broad array of nationally competitive basic, translational, and clinical research, with special programs in cancer prevention, detection, survivorship, and community outreach.  For more information, call 1-888-FOX CHASE or (1-888-369-2427).

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