Integrative Oncology at the Huntington Cancer Center

We know that fighting cancer affects every part of your life. We offer integrative oncology services as part of our support network to balance the whole person - physically, mentally and emotionally - while state-of-the-art conventional medicine does its work.

Suzie Kline, Ph.D., Manager, Integrative Oncology

Suzie Kline, Ph.D.

"No other hospital in the area has this breadth of evidence-based services complementing your cancer treatment. Even better, because of support from our wonderful donors, many of these integrative oncology services are free or very low-cost. Integrative oncology can reduce pain and complications from conventional cancer treatments, and improve your quality of life."

– Suzie Kline, Ph.D., manager, integrative oncology

Learn more about integrative oncology

What is integrative oncology?

At the Huntington Cancer Center, we believe that the comprehensive approach, including integrative oncology, improves results and increases quality of life. That's why we offer a broader program of complementary support services than any other cancer center in the area. These cost-effective services are evidence-based, and often linked to clinical trials underway here at Huntington Hospital.

How can integrative oncology help you?

When complementary medicine is integrated with conventional medical treatment for cancer patients, it is also called “Integrative Oncology.” Several studies suggest that complementary medicine can improve mood and quality of life, and relieve symptoms. This stress relief might help your immune system function better and allow you to better cope with treatment-related side effects. Integrative therapy has been shown to reduce the following symptoms:

  • Complex cancer pain
  • Nausea/vomiting or constipation
  • Lymphedema
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Hot flashes and night sweats
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Depression and anxiety

Scientific research into integrative oncology

Although complementary medicine techniques have been used for centuries, the availability of scientific data on many of these techniques has been limited. But as complementary therapies become more popular and well known, more research is being done. This research includes studies conducted by the National Institutes of Health National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

We are conducting integrative oncology clinical trials here at Huntington Hospital. Click to learn more about ongoing clinical trials.

There is no scientific evidence that any individual complementary therapy can cure cancer. Complementary therapies work best combined with conventional medical treatments as part of your total treatment plan. Always talk to your doctor about any complementary therapy you would like to try.

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