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 patient's side effects and improve quality of life.

Integrative Therapies

  • Acupuncture
  • Craniosacral Therapy
  • Healing Rhythms
  • Herbal Consultation
  • Laughter Yoga
  • Woman MeditatingLife Energy Flow Tai Yi®
  • Massage Therapy
  • Meditation
  • Mind-Body Therapies
  • Music therapy
  • Nutrition Counseling
  • Physical Exercise 
  • Reflexology
  • Smoking Cessation Program
  • Stress Management
  • Yoga

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 improvement2, 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

 

2-Cancer Drug Discovery and Development: Supportive Care in Cancer Therapy. 2009, 1-9. Integrative Oncology: Complementary Therapies in Cancer Care. Barrie Cassileth; Marjet Heitzer; Jyothirmai Gubili; Published 2.12.2009.