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
"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
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
- 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
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.