Integrative Medicine and Women's Health

After a breast cancer diagnosis, it is important to take a comprehensive approach to your care. At the Saul and Joyce Brandman Breast Center - A Project of Women's Guild we pay close attention to all of the health concerns of our breast cancer patients.

As part of this philosophy we offer integrative medicine – the blending of complementary and alternative therapies with standard treatment options to ensure a more holistic approach to your care. Acupuncture, one type of alternative therapy, is an ancient healing art that helps to balance the body's energy and restore the natural energy flow; it has been found to relieve nausea and fatigue caused by chemotherapy. Joyce Tillem Favreau, M.D., is a licensed physician and acupuncturist at our center who specializes in the treatment of breast cancer patients. She also works closely with our women's health specialists to prescribe herbs that can reduce the side effects of chemotherapy and provide other alternatives to interested patients. In addition, counseling on lifestyle, diet and activity are available to help maintain wellness.

The women's health physicians at the Saul and Joyce Brandman Breast Center specialize in health concerns of woman being treated for breast cancer. Therapy for breast cancer can often bring about an early menopause or exacerbate menopausal symptoms in women who have gone through the transition. Once diagnosed with cancer, women are commonly advised to stop hormone therapy and are faced with the challenge of seeking safe and effective alternative treatments for their menopausal symptoms. Our women’s health physicians are experts in treating menopausal symptoms and health issues related to the menopausal transition. Effective non-hormonal treatments for breast cancer patients are available for osteoporosis, sexuality issues, hot flashes, night sweats, and vaginal and urinary symptoms. This may include the use of non-hormonal medications, nutritional counseling, herbs and complementary therapies.

We also provide care to women at high risk for developing breast cancer. Our women’s health physicians draw on their specialized knowledge and expertise to assist high-risk women in making the difficult decision on whether to start or continue hormone therapy. Additionally, high-risk women are counseled on lifestyle habits that promote breast health.

At a time of increasing health demands, it is vitally important to take the best possible care of yourself. Our team is committed to providing comprehensive health care to women diagnosed with breast cancer. We welcome the opportunity to become your partner in health.