The UK Markey Cancer Center is known for providing state-of-the-art care for cancer patients, incorporating the latest advances in surgery, chemotherapy and radiation medicine.
However, cancer patients have needs that even these treatments cannot reach. They may have pain from their disease or secondary to treatment. They often experience anxiety or depression. They may undergo a spiritual crisis. Some are overwhelmed by decisions they have to make concerning their care. Many worry about family members who rely upon them. Palliative care is a special branch of medicine dedicated to meeting these patient needs.
Palliative care and integrative medicine at Markey Cancer Center currently includes:
- Jin Shin Jyutsu.
- Nutrition information and planning.
- Psych-Oncology services.
- A variety of support groups and local resources.
- Palliative care resources at UK HealthCare.
- Art therapy.
To learn more about the support services available at the UK Markey Cancer Center, you can visit Markey's Support Services section. For specific support information, consider the following pages.
Integrative Medicine & Health
The UK Integrative Medicine and Health program uses traditional medical therapies and practices, while also recognizing the interaction between the patient’s mind, body and spirit.
Good nutrition is the best way to prevent weight loss and increase quality of life during cancer treatment.
Markey patients benefit from access to the UK HealthCare Palliative Care Service, which works works with the Palliative Care Center of the Bluegrass to provide comfort to patients who are experiencing a life-limiting illness such as cancer.
Oncology Social Work
The Markey Psych-Oncology staff can offer emotional support and counseling during treatment and can help address various types of issues that patients experience during treatment.