Cancer: Treating the whole person
As part of their dedication to treating the ‘whole’ person, Cone Health Cancer Center offers regular yoga and Tai Chi classes for its patients and their families to promote healing through meditation and exercise.
Practices, such as yoga and Tai Chi, have been proven to decrease stress and anxiety levels, which can be extremely beneficial to cancer patients as they go through treatment.
Cone Health Cancer Center has also recently begun an art program to help create a more soothing and uplifting environment. Once a month, the Center hosts a different type of artist in the lobby of the facility to hold a workshop for patients and their families as they wait for treatment. The workshops have ranged from sculpting to poetry writing, and help the patients think about something other than their cancer treatment, as well as create a greater sense of community within the Center.
Cone Health understands that cancer doesn’t just affect a person physically, it affects many aspects within their life – self-esteem, emotional well-being, ability to work, relationships with family and the list continues. This is why the Center focuses on treating the ‘whole’ person through the latest advancements in medical therapies, as well as comprehensive support programs to promote overall well-being and healing for cancer patients in community and their families.
Terry Moore-Painter is the lead chaplain at Cone Health Cancer Center and an integral part of the center’s support services team. After attending Wake Forest University for undergraduate studies, Moore-Painter earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has completed clinical pastoral education training and has worked in pastoral care for 20 years.