Complementary Therapies

When a diagnosis of breast cancer is received, conventional medicine shifts the focus from the patient to attacking the cancer. While this is a necessary part of overcoming a cancer diagnosis, caring for the whole person during cancer treatment is essential to the patient's well being. Saint Francis is dedicated to providing a broad spectrum of care including integrative and informative approaches developed with the whole you in mind.

Complementary therapies are just that- therapies that are complementary to conventional treatment. They are designed to encourage overall well-being in cancer patients by reducing stress, managing symptoms and side effects and diminishing anxiety.

Below are a few links to complementary therapies Saint Francis Health System offers their breast health clients. If there is something you are intersted in and do not see any infomation listed on this page, please contact Saint Francis Breast Health Services for more information.

Classes available through Health Zone

Pathways is a comprehensive four-week stress management program for adults. One-hour sessions are held every Tuesday and Thursday from 11:30 to 12:30 at the Health Zone. Program highlights include Understanding Stress in Your Life, Your Mind and Stress, Conflict Resolution and Time Management. Please contact Jennifer Daley at 918-494-8263 or by e-mail for more information.

Light Exercise, Gental Yoga and Aquatic classes
All classes designated with ribbon are appropriate for oncology patients. Please note: Talk with your physician before starting any physical activity. Physician approval is required for these classes. Classes designated as appropriate for oncology patients include Gentle Yoga, Pilates Lite, Water in Motion and Arthritis Aquatics. For more information, contact Health Zone at 918-494-1671 or via e-mail .

Massage Therapy: Relax and rejuvenate with Health Zone spa services. To schedule a massage, or to learn more contact Health Zone at 918-494-1671 or e-mail .

Health Zone is Saint Francis Health System's state-of-the-art, medically-based fitness facility. For membership information, visit them online at or call 918-494-1671.

Available through Saint Francis Hospital
Pastoral Care: When illness or injury strikes, the whole person is affected. One's faith, feelings, hopes, relationships and even one's view of self can change. The role of the Pastoral Care staff is to listen carefully and understand compassionately, and to care and to pray with those who desire to do so. We believe people can help each other and be open to the healing of body, mind and spirit that God wills for us. To set up a time to talk with the a Pastoral Care staff member, please call 918-494-7435

Visit our Chapel: The Chapel, located on the south wing of the first floor, is always open to you, your family and visitors. Mass is celebrated daily and all are welcome any time. 

Look Good...Feel Better: Volunteer beauty professionals lead small groups, usually consisting of six to ten women, through practical, hands-on experience. Women learn about makeup techniques, skincare, nail care, as well as options related to hair loss such as wigs, turbans and scarves. Each group program participant receives a free kit of cosmetics for use during and after the workshop. Classes are held at the Saint Francis Breast Center. Reservations are required. Please call your local American Cancer Society at 918-477-5400 for dates, times or to R.S.V.P. 

I Can Cope: The American Cancer Society's I Can Cope service is an educational program for people facing cancer-either personally, or as a friend or family caregiver. Online classes are available in a come-and-go format on a variety of topics.

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