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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 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.

    About Leonard Zakim

    Lenny Zakim and his son Josh
    Lenny Zakim and his son Josh

    Leonard P. Zakim, a Dana-Farber patient, found comfort and renewal by combining acupuncture, massage, Reiki, and other integrative therapies with his chemotherapy and radiation. The Zakim Center was his dream. Throughout his five-year treatment for multiple myeloma, he worked tirelessly to make integrative therapies available and affordable to all Dana-Farber patients.

    With the same passion he showed as an attorney, civil rights activist, and New England Region director of the Anti-Defamation League, "Lenny" Zakim worked with doctors, administrators, and other patient care advocates to establish the Zakim Center. He announced the Center just before his passing in 1999, and it opened at Dana-Farber the following year.

    In Lenny Zakim's honor, the Zakim Center hosts the annual Lenny Zakim Lecture, during which patients and loved ones hear inspiring stories from integrative therapies experts.


  • 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.

  • Read our Insight blog for information and inspiration about the Zakim Center.

  • Join Us at the Zakim Center's Integrative Therapies Fair, September 26, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

    Integrative therapies such as massage, acupuncture, and music may help patients lower stress and cope better with side effects of cancer treatment.

    Sample these benefits for yourself on September 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Zakim Center's Integrative Therapies Fair. The event will take place in the Conference Center on Yawkey 3.

    Patients, families, staff – all are welcome!

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    Schedule an Excercise Consult

    Dana-Farber's exercise physiologist, Nancy Campbell, offers exercise consults to cancer patients and survivors through the Zakim Center. Call 617-632-3322 for a consult.

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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.