FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 17, 2012

 

Groundbreaking Whole-Person Cancer Education and Support Program
Reaches Five-Year Milestone

 

Hundreds of people touched by cancer in Colorado
experience it in a different way

 

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, CO – Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers (RMCC) today announced that more than 860 people in Colorado have attended an unprecedented education and support program launched in 2007 at RMCC.

The Seven Levels of Healing® is a groundbreaking program offered free of charge to anyone touched by cancer.  It assists participants to skillfully and effectively navigate all aspects of the cancer journey—from the basics of conventional cancer care; to the roles of diet, nutrition, exercise and evidence-based complementary therapies; to the mental, emotional, psychosocial, and spiritual dimensions of healing.  The Program is offered in seven weekly two-hour sessions.  Participants include not only cancer patients, but family members, caregivers, survivors and health professionals as well.  The Program has now celebrated its fifth year of being continuously offered in the RMCC network of cancer centers in Colorado.

“We are excited to have reached such an important milestone,” said John Fleagle, MD, President of RMCC.  “In only five years, this Program has touched so many people in our community, succeeding beyond what we thought possible.  The Program is something unique and important for patients and loved ones.  We’re proud to have been the first network of cancer centers in the nation to have offered this Program so widely, and to everyone in the community.”

The Seven Levels of Healing was created by Jeremy Geffen, MD, FACP, a board-certified medical oncologist and noted pioneer in integrative medicine, oncology, and whole-person cancer care. 

“The Seven Levels of Healing shows how every dimension of human beings—physical, mental, emotional, psychosocial and spiritual—can be skillfully honored and cared for, within the context of mainstream medicine,” said Dr. Geffen.  “I am honored to have been able to work with RMCC’s dedicated physicians and staff over the past five years and bring this approach to whole-person care to so many people.”

The Program has been offered in Colorado exclusively by Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers under the direction of Jill Mitchell, PhD, LCSW, OSW-C, RMCC’s Network Coordinator for the Program.

In the last five years, 867 individuals in Colorado have participated in one of 76 Seven Levels of Healing Programs.  Upon completion of the Programs, 92% of participants rated their overall experience as “Excellent” or “Outstanding,” and 99% said they would refer others to the Program.

“In addition to being phenomenally well-attended on a consistent basis, it is remarkable how effectively the Program encompasses whole-person education and support for anyone with any connection to cancer,” said Susan Ash-Lee, MSW, LCSW, Manager of Psychosocial Support Services at RMCC.  “Many support programs are tailored to a specific diagnosis or type of treatment, but The Seven Levels of Healing addresses the entire spectrum of what people encounter on the cancer journey, and offers clear and meaningful guidance and support to everyone dealing with this disease.”

One Program participant said, “It is an amazing opportunity to deepen into self awareness and feel supported in a deep connection with others.  It has helped inspire me to go on living with passion and a quest for joy.”  Another noted, “This is a way of living in the midst of life’s challenges.  Yes, it is around the issue of cancer, but is really beyond cancer.  It is about Life.”

About Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers

Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers is Colorado’s largest and most comprehensive provider of cancer care with more than 55 physicians who treat patients in 20 locations throughout the state.  From the latest in radiation technology to nationally recognized psychosocial support programs, RMCC provides the most advanced care, along with the healing power of love, to patients with all types of cancers and blood disorders.  To learn more, please visit www.RockyMountainCancerCenters.com.

About Geffen Visions International

Geffen Visions International, Inc. (GVI) is a healthcare education, research, and consulting company, founded by Jeremy Geffen, MD, FACP.  It offers a leading-edge, integrative approach to medicine, wellness, and life based on Dr. Geffen’s pioneering, whole-person education and support program, The Seven Levels of Healing®.  To learn more, please visit www.geffenvisions.com.

CONTACT:           
Aaron Groote, 303-930-7834
Caitlin Vincek, 303-444-6814

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