Integrative Medicine at Swedish Medical Center
Complementary Therapies Available to Cancer Patients
Cancer patients sometimes find relief from physical and emotional pain through the use of complementary therapies. While these therapies are not intended to treat the cancer itself, they may ease some patients' side effects and improve quality of life.
- Craniosacral Therapy
- Healing Rhythms
- Herbal Consultation
- Laughter Yoga
- Life Energy Flow Tai Yi®
- Massage Therapy
- Mind-Body Therapies
- Music therapy
- Nutrition Counseling
- Physical Exercise
- Smoking Cessation Program
- Stress Management
Randomized controlled studies indicate that complementary therapies can control treatment-related physical and emotional symptoms including pain, fatigue, nausea, xerostomia, anxiety, and depression in both adult and pediatric cancer patients. Importantly, many of these interventions can produce long-lasting improvement1, including:
- ease chemotherapy nausea
- reduce pain from cancer and treatment
At Swedish Medical Center, we work with the Progressive Health Center to provide integrative therapy options.
About Integrative Medicine
Chart from Duke Integrative Medicine: What is Integrative Medicine (pdf)
Article from Medscape: Integrative Oncology (pdf)
- Article from WebMD: Complementary Therapies and Cancer (pdf)
1 Barrie Cassileth and Jyothirmai Gubili, "Integrative Oncology: Complementary Therapies in Cancer Care," in David S. Ettinger, ed., Supportive Care in Cancer Therapy (Berlin: Springer/Humana Press, 2009), 269-277.