Story Starter: Complementary Therapies Help Cancer Patients Improve Quality of Life

More than 80 percent of cancer patients use some form of complementary therapy in addition to traditional treatment approaches. The challenge is finding accurate information on which complementary methods are most beneficial to patients and which may be harmful. Since 1999, Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Integrative Medicine Service has provided clinically beneficial complementary therapies — such as acupuncture, yoga, and massage — that improve quality of life for patients by alleviating symptoms of cancer and side effects of treatment.

Barrie Cassileth, PhD, Chief of the Integrative Medicine Service, is a nationally known expert who has appeared on numerous national news outlets to discuss how integrative medicine can help address the physical and emotional needs of individuals from diagnosis and treatment through survivorship and end-of-life care. She can also describe our active botanicals research program and our About Herbs database in which our experts mine the latest research on the efficacy and potential harms of commonly used herbal remedies. The database is one of the oldest and most widely read sites on this topic worldwide.

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