Integrative Medicine for Cancer Survivors
Integrative medicine is complementary care used alongside standard care. It combines the best of both types of care. IM encourages shared decision making between providers and patients. This is when patients take an active role in their care as a partner with their provider.
Note that some types of IM may help manage cancer symptoms and side effects of treatment, but none have been proven to treat cancer.
Integrative Medicine Resource List
Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine
Housed at Massachusetts General Hospital, the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine is a non-profit scientific and educational organization dedicated to research, teaching, and clinical application of mind/body medicine and its integration into all areas of health.
Center for Mind-Body Medicine
The Center for Mind-Body Medicine is dedicated to reviving the spirit and transforming the practice of medicine. The Center works to create a more effective, comprehensive and compassionate model of healthcare and health education, with its model combining the precision of modern science with the wisdom of the world’s healing traditions, to help health professionals heal themselves, their patients and clients, and their communities.
COLLAGE: The Art for Cancer Network
COLLAGE: The Art for Cancer Network is dedicated to providing innovative art programs to people living with cancer. Its aim is to bring art to cancer patients in an effort to promote creativity, wellness, and stress relief through self-expression.
Complimentary/Integrative Medicine Education Resources (CIMER)
The M. D. Anderson Cancer Center Complementary/Integrative Medicine Education Resources (CIMER) is dedicated to providing educational resources to health care professionals and patients regarding the current understanding of complementary medicine.
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Integrative Medicine Service
Established in 1999, the Integrative Medicine Service at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center complements mainstream medical care by addressing the physical and emotional symptoms associated with cancer and its treatment.
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) is the Federal Government’s lead agency for scientific research on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Its mission is to explore complementary and alternative healing practices in the context of rigorous science.
Seattle Cancer Treatment and Wellness Center
Seattle Cancer Treatment and Wellness Center opened in 1996 as the first cancer care clinic in the Pacific Northwest where Board-certified medical oncologists work side by side with Board-certified naturopathic oncologists, Chinese medicine practitioners, acupuncturists and other complementary care providers to offer comprehensive treatment choices.
The Jung Center of Houston
Founded in 1958, The Jung Center is a nonprofit educational institution dedicated to the continuing education of the human spirit through psychology, the arts and the humanities. Through programs with children, senior citizens, professional caregivers, and those suffering with life-threatening illnesses, the Jung Center emphasizes the value of the expressive arts in facilitating physical and psychological healing.