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What is Integrative Oncology?

Integrative oncology is a patient-centered, evidence-based field of cancer care that uses mind and body practices, natural products and lifestyle modifications alongside conventional cancer treatments.

Our services are free and open to all patients of Wilmot Cancer Institute.

Integrative oncology aims to optimize health, quality of life and clinical outcomes across the cancer continuum. It also helps people prevent cancer and become active participants before, during and beyond cancer treatment.

Relaxing? Yes. Pleasant? Absolutely. But there’s much more to our services than just feeling good. Every program we offer is based on current research that clearly shows a connection with better outcomes for cancer patients.

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Movement

Exercise during and after treatment can help manage symptoms of nausea, fatigue, depression and muscle wasting, and boosting cognitive function.

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Touch

Exercise during and after treatment can help manage symptoms of nausea, fatigue, depression and muscle wasting, and boosting cognitive function.

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Nutrition

Research suggests that healthy eating habits and support from a Registered Oncology Dietitian can be helpful in alleviating some of the side effects of cancer treatment.

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Mindfulness

Mindfulness refers to being intentionally present in the current moment, without judgment. It involves being aware of where you are and what you are doing. With any of these programs, no previous experience is needed.

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“I really appreciate the additional programs available, such as massage, yoga, and music. They help me cope with the stress of having cancer.