Integrative Cancer Support Services

Integrative Cancer Support Services are an integral part of the Martin O’Neil Cancer Center. We provide patients with emotional, physical and spiritual support through all stages of cancer survivorship. The following groups and services help to strengthen the body, nurture hope and courage, and enrich the spirit.

Acupuncture

Proven to be a valuable treatment for a number of side effects associated with cancer treatment such as anxiety, depression, fatigue, insomnia, nausea, neuropathy or pain. Every Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 am to 1 pm. Contact (707) 967-5791 for more information.

Advanced Care Planning

Advance Care planning begins by thinking about your beliefs, values and wishes regarding your future health care treatment. It is about having conversations with your close family, friends and health care providers so that they know the health care treatment you would agree to, or refuse, if you become incapable of expressing your own decisions. It is never too early to start advance care planning. Contact Colleen Winters for further information, (707) 967-5791.

Aromatherapy

The practice of using natural oils to enhance psychological and physical wellbeing. These are skillfully offered by our massage staff to enhance your healing process. Call (707) 963-6246 for an appointment.

Art Therapy

Expressive art therapy groups are designed to allow individuals to experience thoughts, feelings and emotions through the art making process. Offered the last Wednesday of the month, February - November.

Bend, Stretch and Breathe

Breath work and gentle postures are introduced to improve total body conditioning; increase mobility and range of motion, improve circulatory flow and relieve muscle tension. Join Joan Comendant on Tuesdays for this opportunity to improve overall functioning.

Food of Love

A complimentary food support program whereby nutrient dense, delicious meals are provided to Martin-O’Neil Cancer Center patients. Contact our Dietitian to register, (707) 967-5721.

The Circle of Life and Wellness

An opportunity to explore the emotional roller coaster of experiencing a life altering illness. The group focuses on emotional support along with educational presentations and discussion of wellness topics. Meets the first Friday of every month from 10:30 am to noon at the Clearlake Family Health Clinic.

End of Life Option Act

This is a new California law that allows eligible adults who have a terminal diagnosis with less than six months to live to have their doctor prescribe drug(s) that will end their life. Contact Colleen Winters for more information, (707) 967-5791.

Guided Imagery

Guided imagery helps to let go of worries and stress and lets the mind-body connection take you on a relaxing journey. Offered daily by the massage therapists to patients and their family members or caregivers.

Insurance and Billing Inquiries

Contact Barbara Brown, Patient Financial Specialist, (707) 967-5795 with questions about your health insurance benefits, authorizations and billing.

Look Good, Feel Better

A nationwide program for women in cancer treatment. In a free, 2 hour workshop you will learn simple techniques for hair, make up and skin care to help you feel better. lookgoodfeelbetter.org. Please call to register (800) 395-5665.

Massage Therapy

Our Cancer Center offers daily therapeutic massage to patients, their family members and caregivers to relieve stress, reduce pain and anxiety and encourage overall relaxation. For appointment, call (707) 963-6246.

Mindfulness

Tuesdays 1:15 pm to 1:45 pm. Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations and surrounding environment. Join us weekly for a fun and carefree gathering that will support us in developing focus, joy, empathy, calm and connection.

Music Therapy

Music Therapy offers many different ways to identify and express thoughts and feelings, distract from pain, increase self-esteem and to enhance the healing process.

Nutrition Counseling

Our Oncology Certified Registered Dietitian will meet with you and discuss your personal nutritional needs and guide you with specific dietary recommendations. By appointment.

Palliative Care

A specialized medical care for patients of any age with serious illness. Its’ goal is to improve quality of life for patients and their families. Contact Colleen Winters for more information. (707) 967-5791.

Patient Counseling

An Oncology Board Certified Licensed Clinical Social Worker meets with you and/ or your loved ones to assess your emotional well-being and provide support as needed. By appointment.

Peer Partners

This program offers patients and their families an opportunity to request a Peer Partner, someone who has been through the cancer experience. These volunteers provide support and encouragement in a confidential setting to newly diagnosed individuals.

Pet Therapy

Offered weekly in our waiting area, our furry friends can help improve a patient’s social, emotional, or cognitive functioning.

Spiritual Connection

For spiritual support our Board Certified Chaplain is available for an open-hearted conversation about hope, gratitude, fear, connection and meaning.

For questions or for more information, please contact Colleen Winters, LCSW, OSW-C at (707) 967-5791.