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The Leonard P. Zakim Center for Integrative Therapies and Healthy Living


  • The Leonard P. Zakim Center for Integrative Therapies and Healthy Living at Dana-Farber is dedicated to treating the mind, body, and spirit of cancer patients to enhance their quality of life through integrative therapies such as acupuncture and massage, and healthy living programs such as exercise and nutrition counseling.

  • About the Zakim Center

    The Leonard P. Zakim Center for Integrative Therapies and Healthy Living at Dana-Farber is dedicated to the belief that cancer patients can enhance their quality of life through integrative therapies such as acupuncture and massage, and healthy living programs such as exercise and nutrition counseling.

    Our clinical services, education, and group programs led by physicians, therapists, nurses, and other health care professionals empower patients to be active participants in their treatment plans. This integrative approach can help patients feel better by reducing the pain, stress, and anxiety caused by cancer and its treatment.

    Named for cancer patient and activist Leonard P. Zakim, the Center offers individual treatments including acupuncture, massage, and Reiki; group programs such as movement, meditation, and creative arts; and exercise and nutritional consultations. All Dana-Farber patients are eligible to take advantage of the Zakim Center's one-on-one offerings and free group classes.

    We offer lectures and educational seminars on topics related to integrative therapies and cancer treatment, which patients, their families, and their caregivers are invited to attend. We also conduct research on the value of integrative therapies and healthy living for cancer patients and survivors.

    How Can the Zakim Center Help?

    Integrative Medicine Consultations

    If you're wondering which therapies may be beneficial for you, you can book an integrative medicine consult with our nurse practitioner. During the consult, our nurse practitioner will explain the safety and benefits of our integrative therapies, how they work in conjunction with traditional cancer treatment, and which ones may best fit your diagnosis, treatment schedule, and interests.


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    Healthy Living Program

    The Zakim Center's Healthy Living program includes a broad range of offerings, such as physical activity, mindful movement, weight management, and nutrition education. Call 617-632-3322 to learn more.

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    Integrative Therapies Education Series

    Learn more about the Zakim Center's many integrative therapies that help patients feel better by reducing anxiety and pain.

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    Support the Zakim Center

    To learn about the many ways you can support Zakim Center initiatives with a philanthropic gift, please contact Jennifer Russell at 617-582-8393 or jennifer_russell@dfci.harvard.edu.