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Studies have shown that, besides providing an overall feeling of well-being, acupuncture may help treat or prevent many side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Typically painless, acupuncture involves inserting very fine sterile needles at specific points in the body. This procedure “frees up” the Chi energy that flows through each of us to restore normal function. Side effects are minimal, and patients often report feelings of deep relaxation during treatment.

Many women in treatment for cancer often feel guilty devoting time to their appearance instead of focusing their complete attention on their disease. Celilo’s Reflections body image program helps female patients feel better about feeling better about themselves.

While cancer treatment works on the inside of a woman’s body, Reflections is designed to promote healing on the outside. Studies have shown that if a cancer patient feels good about how she looks it can have a positive effect on her treatment outcome.

The core component of Reflections is a complimentary, two-hour “Pamper Me” session, during which cancer patients are treated to a foot bath, a one hour facial, hair styling and makeup application, using La Bella Donna products.

The Celilo House offers a temporary home for cancer patients and their families who travel from out of town for care at Celilo.

More than just shelter, it also provides a link to the hospital, its services and people. It serves as a refuge for those undergoing cancer treatments and offers a chance for families to connect with others facing similar situations. Most of all, it allows our patients the opportunity to remain in the company of loved ones and focus their attention on healing.

For information on Celilo House accommodations, please call (541) 506-6980.

Celilo House accommodations are made possible through funding from the Mid-Columbia Health Foundation.

Because knowledge can facilitate healing, Celilo patients are encouraged to learn more about their disease. The Joan Wolf Patient Resource Center provides easy access to abundant resources to help patients and their families grow their knowledge of their condition.

As part of your comprehensive care here at Celilo we have an Oncology Social Work team to support patients, their families, and caregivers. Social Workers bring compassionate understanding to your cancer care: supporting you in reducing stress, coping with your diagnosis, and connecting you to community programs and resources.

We offer:

  • Cancer survivor support in all areas of health and wellness including physical, emotional, sexual and spiritual well-being
  • Supportive counseling services for coping, adjusting, and planning for life with cancer
  • Advocacy during medical conversations and treatment decisions
  • Navigation through your social security benefits, disability benefits, and insurance coverage
  • Palliative care
  • Grief and loss support
  • Planning for life as a cancer survivor

We can help you access:

  • Financial assistance
  • Advance directives and end-of-life planning
  • Community mental health and counseling services
  • Spiritual care
  • Transportation, lodging, and housing resources during treatment
  • Caregiving services, home health, and hospice care
  • Other relevant information and community-based referrals

What is Supportive & Palliative Care?

The goal of palliative care is to prevent and relieve physical and emotional suffering and to support the best possible quality of life for patients and their loved ones, regardless of the stage of cancer. Palliative care can be delivered along with life-prolonging treatments.

Supportive and palliative care is comprehensive care designed for improving life and providing comfort for cancer patients and their families by:

  • Providing resources to help cope with the stress of cancer
  • Enhancing and encouraging good communication between the patient, their family and medical team
  • Providing emotional and spiritual support
  • Providing expert treatment of symptoms, including:
    • Emotional distress
    • Pain
    • Shortness of breath
    • Medication side effects
    • Trouble sleeping
    • Loss of appetite
  • Facilitating preparation for the future
    • Advance Directive/POLST
    • Living Wills
  • Helping you make important decisions about your healthcare based on your personal values

Who Will Benefit?

You or your loved ones may benefit from EMBRACE Palliative Care if you have had a recent diagnosis of cancer and:

  • Need help understanding your condition or prognosis
  • Experience uncontrolled discomfort or other symptoms
  • Need help making complex medical decisions

How Does Palliative Care Differ from Hospice Care?

Hospice is a program designed to make the last weeks and months of life as comfortable as possible for the patient and family. Celilo’s Palliative Care Team provides guidance and support during any phase of your illness.

Who is on a Palliative Care Team?

Our palliative care team is lead by a nurse practitioner, a registered nurse and a social worker. We may also include a chaplain, dietitian, psychologist or psychiatrist, physical or occupational therapist, and others, depending on the patient’s needs.

Who Pays for Palliative Care?

Most insurance plans cover all or part of the palliative care treatment, just as they would for other services. Medicare and Medicaid also typically cover palliative care. If you have concerns about the cost, our Billing Department will be happy to meet with you.

Talk to any member of your care team at Celilo and let them know you are interested in learning more about EMBRACE Palliative Care. Or call us Monday through Friday for more information: 541.296.7585

“For nearly 10 million Americans now living with a cancer history, life after cancer means finding a new balance – – one that celebrates triumph and relief of completing treatment, recognizes changes or losses the disease has wrought, and assimilates revised perspectives, new found strengths, and lingering uncertainties. Typically, few signposts exist to guide these highly personal journeys into a familiar but forever changed world.”

Living Beyond Cancer: Finding a New Balance
President’s Cancer Panel, 2003-2004

Finding a New Normal…

Three out of four families will have at least one family member who is diagnosed with cancer and is a cancer survivor. A survivor is anyone living with a history of cancer from the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of life. Healthy survival is not just about surviving; it is also about thriving and living well.

The Celilo survivorship project is about helping patients live well through the physical, emotional and practical challenges of finding a new normal. Other topics include joyful living, meeting the spiritual challenges of post-treatment, coping with fear of recurrence, improving body image and personal confidence, and re-establishing/establishing intimate relationships.

At Celilo, patient navigators, social workers, nurses and other health professionals educate and support survivors with their personal journeys. Cancer survivors have an opportunity to meet individually with a resource guide and/or social worker for an assessment of needs as they transition from active treatment to post-treatment. Survivors are linked with community support services and integrative therapies available at MCMC supporting a healthy lifestyle and cancer risk reduction.

As patients improve their understanding of disease management and follow-up care, it is hoped that remission improvement and cure potential will be advanced. Further, it is hoped that effective guidance and survivor coaching will lead to improved coping and improved quality of life.

Personalized Survivorship Care Plan

Survivorship Care Plans (SCP) provide a comprehensive summary of treatment that reflects the treatment received, screening recommendations, wellness guidelines and follow-up care to improve health and quality of life. Each patient is offered an appointment with our director of survivorship to discuss their personalized Survivorship Care Plan(SCP).

The SCP meets stringent requirements set by Commission on Cancer (CoC), National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) and The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO).

As the only Commission on Cancer and NAPBC accredited program in the Columbia River Gorge we are privileged to offer this personalized document. We also provide copies of this document to your primary care provider (PCP) and other providers that are part of your care team.

For more information, call 541-296-7585.