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Acupuncture 101

Brandy Valentine, MAcOM, ALcNaturopathic Medicine/Acupuncturist, shares with us the many benefits of acupuncture when faced with cancer. In this webinar, Brandy gives an overview of the history of acupuncture and explains how receiving this service can help to relieve the side effects of cancer treatment.

We are proud to have Brandy Valentine as a part of the Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) at Southwestern Regional Medical Center team. Valentine joined CTCA® in 2012. Focusing her practice in acupuncture for injuries, pain, emotional trauma, eye disorders, and fertility, Valentine works with patients to create individualized treatment plans. She employs acupuncture to help relieve the side effects of cancer treatment, such as nausea, reduced appetite, peripheral neuropathy, stress, fatigue, insomnia, and excessive thirst. For patients undergoing surgery, she may recommend acupuncture as a preparatory measure.


As a CTCA acupuncturist, Valentine focuses on the whole patient, not just the disease, just as she approaches care with her whole self. “Oriental medicine is not only my job,” says Valentine, “it’s my life.”

https://youtu.be/vyyOTRzLHoY

 

Chemo Brain

Nearly one out of every three cancer patients experiences memory loss or a lack of mental focus after treatment. They call it "chemo brain" - even if they never had chemo.

Learn about this common problem and how to cope with it during this one-hour webinar session hosted by Jennifer Cargile, Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) at Southeastern Regional Medical Center (Southeastern) Oncology Rehabilitation Therapist. Jennifer has helped many cancer survivors and caregivers since starting the Chemo Brain Assistance Group at CTCA Southeastern.

During this webinar, you will:

-  Learn how to find the words you cannot seem to remember
-  Discover how using calendars and alarms can help with memory issues

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TIT_VXdVwVE&feature=youtu.be
To view the presentation, click here.

 

Intimate Connections

Traci Owen, RN, BSN and Survivorship Care Manager and Sexual Wellness Nurse, works every day to help patients and their loved ones explore some common conditions associated with cancer treatments as it relates to sexual wellness. In this webinar, Traci walks through the different realms of intimacy and how to apply those in your own relationship.  

As a registered nurse with over 26 years of clinical experience, Traci has worked with patients in many capacities, and wanted to use her expertise to help patients struggling with sexual function and intimacy as a result of cancer treatment. Traci is currently a Survivorship Care Manager and helped to develop the Sexual Wellness Program at CTCA. Traci is passionate about working with patients and their partners to assist in maintaining an intimate relationship throughout their cancer journey.

https://youtu.be/-A7XCJpyh8k

 

All about that stoma...

Living life with an ostomy

Presented by: Jennifer Rackley, BSN, RN, Certified Wound, Ostomy Nurse

During this presentation, certified wound & ostomy nurse, Jennifer Rackley, will share information on living a normal life with an ostomy. Whether you have personal experience, or just want to learn more about the subject, this presentation is for you. 

https://youtu.be/ZJCBsGFyN0k


Additional Webinars

Better Sleep Through Sleep Hygiene by Kurrie Wells, PhD

The Brain: The Greatest Sex Organ (Intimacy & Cancer) by Christy Durbin

Boundaries: Changing Relationships During and After Cancer by Brian Larsen, LCPC and Britt Hermann, LCSW

Caring for the Caregivers by Stephanie Moore, DNP, APRM, ACNS-BC

Healthy Summer Living: Grilling Tips and the Importance of Hydration by Stephanie Paver, RD, CSO, CNSC and Sarah Kiser, MS, RD

Heart Focused Living for the New Year by Katherine Puckett, PhD, MS, MSW, LCSW

Strategies for the Management of Anxiety by Elaine Smith, LMFT; Diane Schaab, LAPC; Tiffany Glisson, LMSW; Mike Uhl, LMFT

Staying Well Through the Holidays: Nutrition Tips by Crystal Langlois, RD, LD, CSO and Chef Roy Khoo, Executive Chef

 

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