Our Services

Survivorship Care

Due to the advances in early detection and treatment, cancer survivors are living longer than ever before. It is estimated that by 2022 there will be 18 million cancer survivors. That is why Grand Valley Oncology strives to offer the best to our patients in providing comprehensive care in our Survivorship Clinic.

What is survivorship care?

Grand Valley Oncology understands that survivors will have significant medical and psychological needs following their active oncology treatment. It is our goal to help patients with this transition through our Survivorship program.

What should you expect?

As patients begin to transition from active oncology treatment, the provider will refer the patient to the Survivorship Clinic. At the Clinic, the focus will be on:

  • Education
  • Symptom management
  • Wellness

What will happen during my visit?

  • Comprehensive review of your medical history
  • Complete physical examination
  • Extensive review of all relevant study results
  • Thorough assessment to detect the recurrence of cancer
  • Management of long term effects of cancer treatment
  • Recommendations regarding healthy lifestyle (nutrition, exercise, smoking cessation, etc.)
  • Development of a personalized survivorship care plan
  • Referrals to other specialists as needed
  • Opportunities to participate in research dedicated to survivorship care

Meet our Provider:


Kathryn Tarman, M.D.

Survivorship Physician

Integrative Therapies

Grand Valley Oncology’s Integrative Wellness Program promotes physical and emotional well-being and a sense of balance for people diagnosed with cancer and for their loved ones. The Center's programs and services complement the medical care of GVO patients before, during, and after treatment.

Acupuncture

What is Acupuncture?

Practiced for thousands of years, acupuncture is one branch of a holistic system known as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Its function is to promote health and treat distressing symptoms. Acupuncture is the ancient practice of inserting fine sterile needles through the skin to stimulate specific anatomic points on the body. An overall treatment goal of TCM acupuncture is to assist the body’s natural ability to heal by influencing the quality, balance and flow of one’s energy system.

Adapted from traditional Chinese medicine, this technique uses fine needles that are inserted through the skin at specific points. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved sterile, nontoxic needles for single use by licensed practitioners.

Meet our Acupuncturist:


M. Coleen Fleming, M Ac, LAc, R.N.

Licensed Acupuncturist

Guided Imagery

Guided imagery is a program of directed thoughts and suggestions that guide your imagination toward a relaxed, focused state. You can use an instructor, tapes, or scripts to help you through this process.


Yoga

Yoga comprises a wide variety of methods – such as meditation, mindfulness strategies, breath work, relaxation techniques. Research has indicated that a daily practice of yoga to be beneficial during both active treatment and long into survivorship.


Weight Reduction program

Through our Integrative Wellness program, we offer Ideal Protein. The Ideal Protein Weight Loss Method is a medically designed protocol containing 2 key components – weight loss and a healthier lifestyle education to assist you in maintaining your results after dieting.


GVOasis

Our focused intention is to provide the convenience of high quality, meaningful products at the lowest possible cost.


Integrative Therapy Options:

Professionally formulated therapeutic essential oil blends.

Available in ready to use prepared patch. Apply patch to your clothing on upper chest area.

  • Calming Patch: Use when feeling stressed, fearful, nervousness, depression, pain, trouble sleeping. Helps to balance and calm the nervous system.
  • Attention Patch: Use if feeling scattered, ungrounded or having difficulty focusing. Helps to center, ground and refocus your attention.
  • Q-East Patch: Use for digestive upset, nausea, feeling unsettled. Helps relieve nausea, promotes relaxation.

    No charge for a patch application during your infusion or office visit to GVO.

    Ask your nurse for assistance.

    Available for purchase: $2.50/patch or 12 patches for $25.00.

  • PSI Bands: are wrist bands which provide pressure to a specific acupuncture point (acupressure). The acupuncture point (PC6) has been researched and indicated for nausea. PSI bands are durable and reusable and come with point location directions.

    Cost is 16.15/pair.

  • Also available in the infusion area are MP3 players with headsets. The MP3 players have been programmed with multiple different subjects of guided imagery. Guided Imagery is a powerful addition to your stress-reduction tool kit. Guided imagery is designed to promote feelings of peace, calm, safety and support; reduce anxiety and stress, encourage hope, confidence, balance and optimism. Ask your nurse for assistance.

    Adult coloring books, promote calmness and relaxation by activating both the right and left brain hemispheres simultaneously.