Soothing Treatments -- Touch therapies such as reflexology and shiatsu can often ease common symptoms of cancer treatment, including pain, anxiety, and fatigue.
At Memorial Sloan Kettering, our Integrative Medicine Service offers a range of wellness therapies that are designed to work together with traditional medical treatments. These comprehensive, evidence-based complementary services can help relieve the negative physical and emotional effects of your cancer diagnosis, treatment, and recovery.
If you’re staying at Memorial Hospital, our team can recommend integrative health services such as massage therapy, acupuncture, yoga, and music therapy to help control any symptoms you may be experiencing and improve your overall experience. We also offer dance therapy and martial arts programs specially designed for the unique needs of children and teenagers.
Once treatment begins, you can incorporate our individual and group therapies into your care plan. Through our research — and years of working with cancer patients — we know that these therapies can often help in controlling cancer-related symptoms and side effects while simultaneously rebuilding physical and emotional strength.
By including one or more integrative approaches in your care plan, you and your loved ones can help ease your stress and anxiety, better manage your pain, reduce your nausea, become more mobile and active, enjoy mealtimes more, and improve the quality of your sleep.
Integrative Medicine programs can also help you manage
- lymphedema (swelling of the arms and legs that occurs when lymph nodes are removed)
- peripheral neuropathy (weakness and pain caused by nerve damage in the hands and feet)
- mouth dryness, and other common and chronic conditions.
Every service we offer is tailored to your unique needs and goals, with a focus on safety and effectiveness.
When you are at home or at work, you can connect with us through our free library of instructional videos and podcasts. These can help you and your caregivers learn hands-on techniques such as touch therapy, guided meditations for relaxation and stress relief, and yoga and deep breathing exercises. Our certified practitioners helped to develop each of these digital resources.
Designed by Experts in Integrative Oncology
The work of the Integrative Medicine Service represents MSK’s goal of delivering the best care possible for our patients — in every way we can. Our programs are very popular supplements to medical treatments you may receive, such as surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy, and we’re continuously researching and exploring the benefits of our programs for people with cancer through clinical studies and research collaborations between our service and MSK’s Department of Medicine.
Our ever-evolving programs have been developed by a group of experts in integrative oncology, many of whom are international leaders in the field and experienced in scientific research for determining the most effective therapies for particular symptoms.