Dr. Marnee Spierer, Donna Karan, Dr. Leonard Farber photo credit: Everett Meissner
For those of you who missed our newsletter, we were happy to have Donna Karan pay a visit to The Farber Center this past month to get an update on her integrative therapy program in our center. Donna Karen had a vision of health care. She imagined a healthcare system where the patient is treated, not just the disease. She imagined a system where eastern healing techniques, yoga therapy, essential oil therapy, and nutrition are used in combination with western medicine in a holistic approach to patient care.
In 2009, the Urban Zen Foundation launched a new program designed to meet this vision: The Urban Zen Integrative Therapy (UZIT) Program is a 500-hour advanced program focused on integrating multiple therapies into patient care. This UZIT program now spends its time at The Farber Center for Radiation Oncology. As you may have read in the last news letter from Keely, the UZIT program has been warmly received by our patients. For the patients it means that they are rewarded with a truly integrated healing experience in an environment of collaborative care.
The UZIT program at The Farber Center has been running for almost a year now, and we were happy to welcome Donna Karan to The Farber Center to see the integrative practice at work. Donna spent time meeting with Dr. Marnee Spierer, Dr. Leonard Farber and a few of our patients to discuss the program. She spent a long time talking to each patient about their experience and story and how the UZIT program has helped them.
Donna with patients Hollie and Marcel photo credit: Everett Meissner
Donna with Patient Kristina photo credit: Everett Meissner
Our goal at The Farber Center is to expand the program so every patient can see an integrative therapist every day of their treatment. To read more about her visit or learn about the program click here: www.urbanzen.org
If you missed the last newsletter you can read it here: Newsletter
We have partnered with Urben Zen to provide Integrative therapy to all our Farber Center patients on treatment. What is an integrative therapy session? There are specific yoga therapies, Reiki therapy, and Oil therapy that deal with different aspects of the symptoms of all diseases. Urben Zen has designed the following yoga therapies to assit with the symptoms of pain, anxiety, nausea, insomnia, constipation and exhaustion. These therapies will now be provided at The Farber Center for Radiation Oncology:
Helps to relieve anxiety, improve circultion, minimize constipation, and decrease insomnia
Enhances circulation, digestion and respiration
Assists in dealing with pain, anxiety, nausea, insomnia and constipation
Meditation assists in minimizing pain and releasing anxiety
What is Reiki?
Reiki treats the whole person- emotionally, physically, & spiritually- creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings for peace, security and well-being.
What is Essential Oil Therapy?
Essential oil therapy promotes a general sense of well being by promoting relaxation to relieve stress and anxiety as well as assisting to minimize insomnia, nausea, and pain.
The voice of the patient should be listened to and heard. Please take a moment to watch this video to learn why Urban Zen was inspired to make healthcare and well-being an initiative of great.
And when your cancer treatment is over The Farber Center for Radiation Oncology has joined forces with Urban Zen’s integrative therapy program (UZIT) and created OHE (optimal healing environment) classes to create a place/space where you can explore the issues that brought you treatment and to do what you can to prevent you or your loved ones from going through it again.
The 4-week integrative program is targeted to EMPOWER the cancer patent to get the best treatment of mind, body and sprit.
Initial consultation: with one of our physicians to review the overall scope of the program, the concept of functional medicine, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, “knowing your numbers,” and introduction of “Daily Health Log.” There are no out of pocket expenses for Farber Center patients.
Week 1: Nutrition/Zen*
Discuss various dietary options and specific guidelines for CA patients, esp related to preventing recurrences. Dieting,Supplements, Juicing, Fiber, etc.
Week 2: Movement/Zen*
Explore physical activity with emphasis on yoga
Week 3: Mind/Body/Zen*
Tools for stress reduction and empowerment
*Zen: each week will include guided meditation and yoga practice with therapist from the Urban Zen integrative therapy program. The UZIT program is a 12 month program that includes training in yoga therapy, essential oil therapy, Reiki, nutrition, and contemplative care giving to addresses the key patient symptoms of PANIC- pain, anxiety, nausea, insomnia, constipation, and exhaustion.
To find out more about the program or to register for our October 18th class please contact The Farber Center at 212 300-0663
The first and only freestanding radiation facility of its kind in Tribeca, New York City. The Farber Center for Radiation Oncology founded by Dr. Leonard Farber represents a warm alternative to the sterile and often daunting hospital environment without compromising quality of medical care and they accept most insurance plans. Drawing on his longstanding experience as one of the most respected radiation oncologist in the field, Dr. Leonard Farber handpicked the most innovative technology, sought-after physicians, and superior facilities in the world to establish what is first and foremost a superlative treatment center. In fact, The Farber Center’s independent status allows the facility to take advantage of the most sophisticated technology available, offering superior treatment under the guidance of highly regarded professionals while treating patients as people.