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Integrative Oncology

Integrative oncology is the use of complementary therapies along with conventional medicine to treat patients holistically. Integrative therapies can help with the goals of treatment, treatment of side effects, distress relief, and may help with treatment results and adherence.

Dignity Health Cancer Institute offers an array of complementary services for patients and their caregivers at no charge including: 

  • Support groups
  • Yoga
  • Guided imagery
  • Massage
  • Mercy SOUL dog therapy
  • Music therapy
  • Meditation 
  • Gentle exercise classes
  • Medical nutrition therapy and nutrition education 
  • Palliative care
  • American Cancer Society collaboration  
  • Patient and family counseling 

Support groups and connectivity with peer navigators provide patients and caregivers a sense of community, allowing them to share the experience with others who have traveled a similar journey to survivorship

Oncology-Certified Dietitian

As part of the integrative oncology program, Dignity Health Cancer Institute’s oncology dietitian provides medical nutrition therapy to optimize the nutritional status of patients undergoing treatment. Medical nutrition therapy has been shown to improve treatment tolerance, reduce treatment interruptions, decrease weight loss, improve survival, and maximize quality of life. The dietitian also provides nutrition education to patients in survivorship.