Medical City Lewisville July 02, 2014

Opens Cancer Resource Center and Offers free Yoga Classes

Medical City Lewisville (MCL) now offers expanded Oncology Services to better serve cancer patients throughout Southern Denton County. The hospital is able to detect and treat all kinds of cancer. All physicians, surgeons, and other medical professionals are specialists in their fields, experts in the management and recognition of problems unique to cancer patients. The staff is also specially trained to provide a calming and secure environment in a time of high stress. In addition, a low nurse to patient ratio allows the hospital to provide close individualized care.

Oncology nurses are professionals who have completed cancer education and training. The oncology nursing team includes an Advanced Practice Nurse in Oncology, Oncology Certified Nurses (OCN), and registered nurses trained by the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS). This includes an intensive two-day National Oncology Chemotherapy and Biotherapy course in the most up-to-date chemotherapy and biotherapy administration procedures, types of chemotherapy, as well symptom and pain management.

MCL is committed to providing high-quality care and personal attention to anticipate and meet each patient’s needs. Staff pool resources from several areas to have a multidisciplinary approach to patient care. Along with doctors and nurses, this team approach also includes dietitians, social workers, physical therapists, occupational therapists and a chaplain to help ensure that patients and their families are as comfortable as possible. This team approach to cancer treatment helps provide strength to the patient and their family throughout their cancer journey.

Cancer Resource Center

In partnership with the American Cancer Society, Medical City Lewisville is pleased to provide patients and the local community access to their new Cancer Resource Center. The Center, located near the front entrance of the hospital, provides information and direct assistance to cancer patients, their caregivers and families and the local community.

The Cancer Resource Center is staffed by trained volunteers who are available to listen, support and educate. Volunteers are knowledgeable about American Cancer Society programs and available community resources for those in need of assistance. Visitors will be provided extensive literature about various types of cancers and support groups in the area, as well as additional resources. The Cancer Resource Center is equipped with a computer to allow access for patients and community members to print cancer-specific information, nutrition guidance, details on various procedures and any other information a cancer patient could benefit from, including the latest news on cancer from the American Cancer Society website at www.cancer.org.

Yoga for Cancer Patients

As an additional service to cancer patients, Medical City Lewisville, in partnership with Yoga Bridge, now offers weekly yoga classes for cancer patients, survivors and caregivers. The findings of a study funded by the National Cancer Institute and published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology reports health benefits for cancer survivors who participate in yoga. While yoga has many components, the researchers believe breathing and meditation probably had the biggest impact.

The study finds that yoga can benefit breast cancer survivors by reducing fatigue and inflammation. At the end of 12 weeks of yoga classes, a group of women who had completed breast cancer treatment, including surgery and radiotherapy, showed an average reduction in fatigue of 57% and up to 20% reduction in inflammation, compared with a similar group that had not received yoga instruction.

Beginner yoga classes are held every Wednesday at 5:30 in the hospital’s 2nd floor community room. Classes are free for current cancer patients in treatment, $5 for survivors or caregivers attending with a patient, or $10 for all other participants.