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Board of Directors of the Dominic Fouts Memorial Cancer Fund

February 25, 2016 - Providence Cancer Center #FINISHCANCER

Thank you for helping to create better outcomes for patients with cancer.

Your partnership since 2014, which has generated an incredible $30,000 in support, is impacting the lives of vulnerable cancer patients and helping to ease their physical, emotional, and financial way. Specifically, your gifts are providing visits to our Integrative Medicine program, a place where Nick sought nutritional counseling and care.

As you have come to know, Integrative Medicine offers an excellent complement to conventional medicine. Here at Providence Cancer Center, naturopathic physicians, acupuncturists and massage therapists work alongside other care team members to maximize a patient's ability to journey through their cancer diagnosis and treatments. Research has shown that cancer patients who receive integrative care while they are receiving chemotherapy and/or radiation experience more rapid loss of side effects of treatment, and are less likely to require modifications in their care. In 2015, patient visits to our Integrative Medicine Program totaled more then 3,000.

Although integrative medicine is extremely helpful, most insurance companies do not cover the cost and patients are required to pay out-of-pocket for these services. Providence Integrative Medicine has a financial assistance fund for patients who express financial concerns when starting or during treatment. This program is funded entirely by philanthropic donations, and the Dominic Fouts Memorial Cancer Fund was our greatest contributor and advocate last year. 

The demand for this integrative care is growing - so much so that in September of last year, we launched a partnership with the Northwest College of Naturopathic Medicine to train five students in a landmark Infusion Center Acupuncture Program. Each Friday, 4 students supervised by Dr. Loch Chandler, Medical Director of our Providence Integrative Medicine Program, treat 10-18 patients. These students provide acupuncture to patients right there in the Cancer Center Infusion suites, providing patients with increased comfort and a better patient experience during this active phase of their treatment. Patients who receive acupuncture during infusions experience reduced nausea, reduced anxiety, reduced pain, reduced neuropathy, improved sleep, and quicker recovery post-treatment. And the students benefit, too, from learning a great deal about working with cancer patients in a hospital setting. The greatest benefit is that with generous donor support, there is no charge for this program to our patients. 

Word cannot adequately express our gratitude to the Dominic Fouts Memorial Cancer Fund, and to the sponsors, family and friends who support the Fund through the Dom Diddy Classic. We look forward to participating with all of you again this year, and stand ready to keep fighting this fight to #FINISHCANCER for all.

If you have any questions or would like more information about the impact of your support, please feel free to call or write to:

Shari Lynn Scales, CFRE | Director of Development | 503.215.6220 | shari.scales@providence.org