Mind-Body-Spirit Focus in Cancer Care

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA on May 01, 2008

Mind-Body-Spirit News

A leading oncologist recommends a mind-body-spirit approach to coping with cancer. “Cancer, like other life-threatening diseases, strikes all levels, and it’s important for patients to learn how to heal physically, psychologically and emotionally,” Dr. Robert Rutledge, a radiation oncologist at the Nova Scotia Cancer Centre in British Columbia, told Medical News Today.

Rutledge recommends a five-step method for empowering mind, body and spirit. The steps include the following: get the best out of the medical system; empower the body with simple effective health habits like exercise and nutrition; work with difficult emotions; nurture a spiritual life; and love yourself. 

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Shirley Archer, JD, MA

Shirley Archer, JD, MA IDEA Author/Presenter

Shirley Archer, JD, MA, is the 2008 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year and is IDEA's mind-body-spirit spokesperson. She is a certified yoga and Pilates teacher and an award-winning author based in Los Angeles, California, and Zurich, Switzerland. Two of her books, The Walking Deck and The Strength and Toning Deck, are now featured as iPhone apps. Contact her at www.shirleyarcher.com.