Planetree in Action

The Resource Center at the CMH-OHSU Knight Cancer Collaborative

Planetree Designation SealThe dedicated caregivers of the CMH-OHSU Knight Cancer Collaborative are focused on supporting patients holistically—meeting the needs of the whole person.

In addition to providing advanced, comprehensive cancer treatment close to home, the Cancer Collaborative features wrap-around services to help people along their journey from diagnosis to survivorship. The resource center serves as the hub for these services.

Although many of the services provided are already available at the hospital or in the wider community, the center brings together this full complement of services and therapies in one convenient location. In addition to the services provided by Columbia Memorial Hospital caregivers, several independent integrative therapy practitioners also offer their services at the Cancer Collaborative.

Patients, their support people, and CMH caregivers can make an appointment to see a naturopathic physician, enjoy an aromatherapy session, visit with a health coach or resource center volunteer, or receive an acupuncture treatment or massage. When medically indicated, oncologists refer their patients to those integrative therapies that can help manage pain, nausea, or distress.

Comfort and healing is at the heart of the new Cancer Collaborative. We envision a welcoming space that goes beyond providing advanced cancer treatment to being a center that patients and families can depend on for support. The resource center plans to provide reading materials, education, personal care items, classes, wellness activities, as well as aesthetician services, assistance with wigs or head coverings, aromatherapy, reiki, massage, naturopathy, acupuncture, and our ever-popular pet therapy.

Please stop in to chat. Our volunteers are glad to help.

Read more from the Fall 2017 issue of the CMH Health Compass.