Symptom Management at FSLH in Utica, NY

We Care – Body, Mind and Spirit

Patients’ side effects and symptoms vary greatly depending on individual tolerance and treatments prescribed. Some may experience few to no side effects while others may experience more noticeable symptoms.

Many cancer patients use nontraditional therapies for specific conditions or symptom relief.  The terms “alternative” therapy and “complementary” therapy are often used interchangeably, but refer to different concepts. Complementary cancer therapy is treatment used with standard treatment, while alternative cancer therapy is used instead of standard treatment.

The Regional Cancer Center’s Integrative Medicine Program uses complementary therapy to lessen or avoid symptoms altogether. Integrative medicine is a healing-oriented medicine that takes into account the whole person - treating mind, body, spirit and lifestyle.

Benefits of Complementary Therapies

Appropriate use of conventional and alternative cancer therapies helps the body to heal faster and promotes health and prevention, not just treating an illness. We collaborate with patients during cancer treatment to optimize their healing and assist cancer survivors to develop strategies to enhance lifelong cancer prevention. Benefits include:

  • Decreased pain
  • Improved sleep
  • Lowered blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels
  • Improved bowel function
  • Improved mood

Complementary Health Approaches

Kevin B. Mathews, MD, FAAFP, medical director of the Integrative Medicine Program, works closely with local complementary providers to provide patients access to:

  • Acupuncture treatment for cancer
  • Chiropractic therapy
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Massage therapy and touch therapies, such as reiki and craniosacral therapy
  • Mind/body techniques, such as guided imagery and hypnosis
  • Nutritional therapy and dietary modifications
  • Osteopathic manual therapy

Most health insurance companies pay for the initial office visit, but you may need a referral from your primary care provider.

Anyone can schedule a consultation; however, your insurance may require a physician referral. Call (315) 624-5764.

This program is a collaboration between Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare and St. Elizabeth Medical Center.