• Integrative Medicine and Cancer Survivorship

    "Mind-body programs like meditation, relaxation response, breathing exercises, yoga, and Tai Chi can be very beneficial to cancer patients and survivors."
    — David Rosenthal, MD 

    What is Integrative Medicine?

    Integrative medicine includes many different healing approaches that people use to prevent illness, reduce stress, and prevent or reduce symptoms, such as pain or fatigue. Some common approaches include: visualization or relaxation; acupressure and massage; homeopathy; vitamins or herbal products; special diets; psychotherapy; spiritual practices; and acupuncture.

    What You Can Do

     
    • Visit the Zakim Center. Dana-Farber's Leonard P. Zakim Center for Integrative Therapies combines new approaches to cancer care with trusted treatments that have been saving lives for half a century. Offering massage therapy, acupuncture, nutritional guidance, and other services, the Zakim Center is named in memory of Lenny Zakim, a passionate advocate for an integrated approach to cancer treatment.
    • Talk with your doctor. If you are thinking about using integrative therapies, first talk with your doctor or nurse. Certain integrative medicine therapies may interfere with treatments normally prescribed by a doctor.
    • Focus on good nutrition and healthy eating. Not only will proper nutrition improve your overall health, but it will help you to feel better, too.

    How do you find new meaning in your life after cancer? Here are some ideas that have worked for other cancer survivors.

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