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Comfort Therapy Program

Therapies that provide comfort along with conventional medical care

Comfort therapies, also called “complementary” or “adjunct” therapies, are non-medical, non-invasive approaches to providing comfort that work side by side with conventional medical care. Their use in medical environments is growing and research has shown them to be effective tools for increasing comfort and personal wellness. We are pleased to offer them to clients of the Cancer Center or Ambulatory Treatment Unit, as well as to staff or even family members/friends accompanying patients to their appointments.

Comfort therapies are available at the Richard C. Ostenson Cancer Center located in Puyallup, or by appointment in the privacy of your home. Sponsored by Good Samaritan/MultiCare.

How Comfort Therapies Help

Each person experiences unique results from comfort therapies. Comfort therapies have the potential to:

  • Increase relaxation
  • Decrease pain and suffering
  • Help improve sleep
  • Enhance energy and awareness
  • Reduce anxiety and stress
  • Reduce nausea and vomiting
  • Reduce itching
  • Increase a sense of well-being and quality of life
  • Increase comfort

Available Comfort Therapies

Four different comfort therapies are available. All of the practitioners are accredited and licensed and have extensive experience including working with medically fragile patients. Currently, the comfort therapy options include:

  • Aromatherapy
  • Massage
  • Music
  • Reiki (also known as healing touch)

How Are Sessions Paid For

Payment for a comfort therapy visit is on a private pay basis, due from the client at the end of the treatment session. Massage is the only comfort therapy sometimes covered by an individuals health insurance program. Any arrangements for billing insurance companies must be made in advance with the massage therapist. Not all massage therapists accept insurance payments. Gift certificates may be purchased at the Resource Center.

How Long Does a Session Last

On-site sessions at the Cancer Center/ATU can be arranged in half hour or one hour increments. In-home visits are a minimum of one hour.

How to Arrange for a Comfort Therapy Session

On-site appointments for massage, Reiki, aromatherapy consultations, and individual music sessions in the treatment room must be scheduled in advance and are coordinated by the staff in the Resource Center on the ground level of the Cancer Center/ATU.

If you would like to schedule any on-site therapy, contact MultiCare/Good Samaritan Cancer Resource Center at (253) 697-4899.

For a private, in-home session of any of the comfort therapies, contact MultiCare/Good Samaritan Hospice at (253) 301-6436.

In addition to the offerings outlined above, aromatherapy can be combined with massage when given in the home. If you are a patient at the Richard C. Ostenson Cancer Center, please discuss your comfort therapy plans with your doctor prior to scheduling an appointment.