Where East Meets West
The new Roy and Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center is not only equipped with the latest technology but it has a complete floor reserved for Eastern-style therapies such as herbal medications, yoga and meditation.
With the goal of treating body, mind and spirit, the Sheri and Roy P. Disney Center for Integrative Medicine will offer complementary therapies that have proven safe and effective when used with conventional approaches including radiation and chemotherapy. These therapies include acupuncture, tai chi, Qigong and guided imagery.
“Integrative medicine considers all aspects of a person’s lifestyle and combines complementary and conventional medical therapies into an individualized, evidence-based treatment program,” said oncologist Lisa Schwartz, M.D., Director of the Center for Integrative Medicine.
“By giving patients access to a broad range of proven therapies, we ultimately give them more control over their own destinies. We also hope to contribute to the increasing body of research that demonstrates patients using integrated therapies experience improved quality of life and better outcomes compared to patients receiving conventional therapies alone.”
Sheri and Roy P. Disney contributed $1 million to the integrative medicine program. Roy P. Disney’s parents, the late Roy E. Disney and Patricia Disney, donated $10 million on behalf of their family to the new Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center free-standing cancer center.
“We do not live in isolation but as an integrative whole,” Roy P. Disney said. “Sheri and I feel strongly that this cancer center is an extension of that philosophy.”