LOMA LINDA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A growing body of scientific evidence now confirms what physicians and staff at Loma Linda University Medical Center’s James M. Slater, MD, Proton Treatment and Research Center have known for a quarter century: The practice of lifestyle medicine is vital in the successful treatment of cancer and other diseases.
Lifestyle medicine includes such interventions as stress management, nutrition, exercise, social networking and spiritual support. This approach has been a key component of the healing process and is presented to all patients who receive proton radiation therapy at Loma Linda University Medical Center (LLUMC).
“Once proton treatment has concluded, we provide our patients with a comprehensive cancer survivorship plan and give them targeted tools, techniques and the support they need to live a healthy and fulfilling life,” said Carol Davis, Psy.D., DrPH, RTT, education program director for the department of radiation medicine at LLUMC. As an example, Davis points to the “Passport to Wellness” program at Loma Linda, which focuses on each patient’s specific situation. A tailored nutrition and exercise program is provided, exclusively geared to the patient’s long-term success.
Lifestyle medicine is one part of LLUMC’s overall philosophy of care. That philosophy begins at the time of diagnosis and centers around treating the “whole person,” including the myriad of physical, psychological and spiritual needs that are essential to healing. Every aspect of healthy living is presented to LLUMC patients as they learn that healing comprises many components, from nutrition to physical activity to social networking to spiritual support.
To ensure that the healing process continues and the risk of cancer recurrence is reduced, patients are actively encouraged to continue practicing what they have learned about exercise, nutrition, stress reduction, and gathering social support after they complete their treatment at LLUMC.
“After a comprehensive assessment of an individual’s lifestyle and body composition, our preventive care specialists devise a behavior-modification program and meet with individuals monthly to talk, reassess and plan for continued success in our program,” said Hildemar Dos Santos, DrPH, professor of preventive care at LLUMC. “The program is designed to help patients get back to normal as quickly as possible, while at the same time improving their quality of life.”
Modern medical practices, including the proton radiation therapy available at LLUMC, have led to a growing population of cancer survivors around the country. Survivors now number over 13 million, or one in 25 Americans. Lifestyle choices such as health-supportive nutrition, maintaining a healthy weight, regular physical activity, stress management, group support, and spirituality are increasingly being shown to help prevent recurrent cancer and the development of new cancers. The same practices also may help prevent and treat many other common medical conditions.
For more information about the James M. Slater, MD, Proton Treatment and Research Center’s emphasis on whole-patient care, please call 800-776-8667; or visit the center online at www.protons.com.
About the James M. Slater, MD, Proton Treatment and Research Center
Established in 1990, the center was the first hospital-based proton therapy facility in the world. Today the center uses proton beam technology for many types of cancers and has treated more patients than any other proton treatment center worldwide. The center is part of LLUMC’s comprehensive health system, which is widely respected as a healthcare leader that has pioneered work in such areas as organ transplants, proton treatment for cancers, cardiac care, physical rehabilitation, and acute pediatric and adult care as well as treatments for chemical dependence and other behavioral disorders. The health system – which includes Loma Linda University Medical Center and Children’s Hospital, LLUMC – East Campus, Behavioral Medicine Center, Heart and Surgical Hospital, LLUMC-Murrieta and physician clinics – collectively sees over 30,000 inpatients and about 750,000 outpatient visits a year. Visit us online at www.lomalindahealth.org.