Cancer care options grow

InspireHealth is expanding care and support for cancer patients to Vernon.

InspireHealth is expanding care and support for cancer patients to Vernon.

InspireHealth Integrative Cancer Care programs are currently offered in Victoria, Vancouver and Kelowna, but will soon be available in Vernon, Penticton and Kamloops one day a month.

“More than 55 per cent of our patients live too far from the centre to be able to take full advantage of in-centre programs on a regular basis,” said Sherri Macdonald, centre manager. “While our on-line programs address this, we also want to provide some in-person programming closer to home. This funding is enabling us to do that.”

InspireHealth is a not-for-profit organization. Their medical team uses the latest research available to work together with patients who have a diagnosis of cancer to optimize recovery and survival, and to reduce the risk of recurrence. Their whole-person approach integrates healthful nutrition, exercise, and emotional, spiritual and immune support with standard cancer treatment.  In addition to providing individual appointments with physicians, nurse practitioners, nutritionists, clinical counsellors, and exercise therapists, InspireHealth offers classes such as yoga, exercise, meditation, relaxation, cooking and support groups. They also offer public prevention presentations.

InspireHealth Southern Interior – Kelowna, opened its doors in September 2012 and serves the Boundary, Cariboo, Kootenay, Okanagan, Similkameen and Thompson regions.