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Jun 29, 2018

MASCC/ISOO Annual Meeting on Supportive Care in Cancer

14 / ENHANCED SUPPORTIVE CARE PROGRAM INCORPORATING INTEGRATIVE ONCOLOGY IN A COMPREHENSIVE CANCER SERVICE

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Lacey;

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service development

integrative oncology

enhanced supportive care

holistic cancer care

comprehensive cancer care

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service development

integrative oncology

enhanced supportive care

holistic cancer care

comprehensive cancer care

Abstract

Introduction: Increasingly cancer services are incorporating integrative oncology services to enhance the holistic care of patients and meet patient expectations. Integrating evidence based complementary medicine (CM) into mainstream cancer care can provide viable options for relief of symptoms that may not be relieved by conventional treatments .In 2014 the Chris O'Brien Lifehouse comprehensive cancer centre opened with a mission to incorporate an integrative oncology (IO) service and develop supportive care from time of diagnosis. Objectives To present a model of holistic supportive care service development incorporating complementary therapies, exercise and supportive care holistic medical consultation to enhance the care of patients attending the comprehensive cancer service Methods Outlining the service development, strategies for service growth, use of PROMS and integration into mainstream cancer care.The IO service offers comprehensive medical specialist consultation, exercise physiologist and programs, individual therapies such as acupuncture, massage, reflexology and group classes in yoga, meditation and qi gong. Patients are referred via medical specialist or self-refer Results Between January 2015 and April 2017, 1,506 new patients attended the IO service. The majority were female (66%) and between 51-70 years (51%). Occasions of service per month ranged from 450-700 in the past year. Over 60% of patients attended more than once. PROMs , MDT and mulitdisciplinary research have enhanced integration. Conclusions The IO service at the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse is currently the most comprehensive on offer in Australia. Lifehouse is proving to be a robust program model for future supportive care cancer services.

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