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5 integrative medicine recommendations for cancer patients

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Cancer affects the whole person: body, mind and spirit, not just the system it targets. Many find that cancer treatment best serves a patient when conventional treatments targeting the body are supported by integrative medicine approaches that help body, mind and spirit. Research-based, proven methods are used by integrative medicine providers to help decrease the side effects of the conventional treatment such as pain, anxiety, dry mouth and sleep disturbances. While supporting the patient’s overall recovery, these five recommendations can help a patient heal and improve peace of mind:

1.)   Acupuncture – Originating 3,000 years ago in China, acupuncture involves placing fine needles into specific points on the body to elicit a healing response. The stimulation of these needles corrects the flow of energy, or qi, along channels throughout the body, called meridians. Studies show acupuncture can help with nausea and dry mouth. The treatment can also be helpful for pain, fatigue, anxiety, depression and stress.

2.)   Massage therapy – Another treatment that has been used for thousands of years, massage therapy is a way to heal the body, maintain wellness and to demonstrate compassionate support to others through touch. There are more than 250 variations of massage and bodywork techniques, each helping to induce relaxation, soothe muscles and promote healing. A Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center study showed a 50 percent reduction in the symptoms of fatigue, pain and anxiety in cancer patients when they received regular massage therapy treatments. Continue Reading »

Richmond Street Clinic: Ramp closure update

Construction will soon begin on the US 41/Highway 47 interchange in Appleton, also known as Richmond Street. Highway 47 will remain open with lane closures; however, the on/off ramps will be closed throughout the duration of the project. Construction is expected to last through the end of October 2014.

This may affect your commute to and from Richmond Street Clinic. We recommend patients begin using alternate routes. Suggested routes are as follows:

• When traveling north on US 41, exit right on HWY OO (Northland Ave.) and turn left on Richmond St.

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• When traveling south on US 41, exit Ballard Rd. to the left, turn right on E. Capitol Dr., cross Richmond St., and make an immediate left into the clinic parking lot.

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Despite construction taking place, Richmond Street Clinic will remain open and maintain regular business hours:

Family Medicine: Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Urgent Care: Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Sunday and holidays, 7:30 a.m. to noon (closed Dec. 25).

If you have additional questions regarding how road construction will impact your commute to and from the clinic, please call 920-380-2715. We urge you all to travel safe and allow for extra travel time during this period.

Help your child get geared up for bike season

Screen shot 2013-05-02 at 3.10.48 PMNow that warmer weather has arrived, bike season is in full swing. Are your kids prepared for a safe bike season? To help, Affinity Medical Group – Deerwood Clinic is holding a Helmet Challenge on Saturday, May 18 from 9 a.m. – noon at the clinic.

Custom-fit helmets in the freshest colors and styles will be available for children ages two years and up for only $10. Affinity Medical Group team members will provide custom fitting, and Fang, the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers mascot will help out with helmet checks. If the weather is nice, there will be bike safety checks and a Bike Rodeo with Diablo Cycling. There will also be a station set up for car seat education.

Deerwood Clinic is located at 740 Deerwood Ave., in Neenah. We hope you can join in on the fun, all while promoting bike safety! To view the event poster, click here.

Your Personal Cost of Health Care: Explanation of Benefits

Insurance Companies’ Explanation of Benefits (EOB)

How many of you open your mail to see an EOB from your insurance carrier, while scratching your head trying to make sense out of the document you hold in your hand? Trust me, you are not alone.

Below is a sample EOB that explains to you what certain information means in this document (click on it for an enlarged image). Now remember, each insurance company may have a little different version then the one supplied to you in this article. Fear not, if the EOB you have received is different, simply contact your insurance Customer Service number. This number is usually on the back side of your insurance card.

Sample of Explanation of Benefits form


 

Breast Cancer: A journey of innovation

Breast cancer continues to be one of the most common cancers in women and maintains a high profile both in the media and in women’s minds. While it is certainly a scary diagnosis, it is exciting how much progress has been made in the treatment of breast cancer in recent years.

The first major surgical advances came in the 1970s when research showed there was the same survival rate for women who underwent breast preservation using lumpectomy (surgical removal of tumor[s] in the breast) and radiation, as there was for women who had a mastectomy (complete removal of the breast).

This discovery, along with rapid developments in breast reconstruction, opened a whole new avenue of surgical options for women. No longer were women faced with a body-altering mastectomy as their only choice of treatment. Breast biopsies also started to become to become less invasive, as the need for an operating room procedure was steadily replaced by image-guided needle biopsies. Continue Reading »

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