Individual Therapies

The Integrative Medicine Service offers acupuncture, group exercise classes and personal training, nutrition and dietary supplement counseling, massage therapies, and mind-body therapies.

Making Your Appointment

  • Inpatient Appointments: Request through a member of your healthcare team
  • Outpatient Appointments: 646-888-0800
  • Physician Consultations: 646-888-0845

Classes and services are open to all; patients, survivors, caregivers and the community. Our physicians will develop a personalized plan and answer questions for any patient at any stage of treatment detailing how integrative therapies can treat their side effects and support their recovery. Appointments with our doctors are available weekdays at the following locations:

International Patients: Integrative Medicine physicians will also perform a mail review assessment for any patient living outside of the United States. To learn more, contact MSK’s Bobst International Center at 888-675-7722 or email international@mskcc.org.

All of our therapies are provided at the Bendheim Integrative Medicine Center. Appointments are also available at the Evelyn H. Lauder Breast Center, MSK Westchester in West Harrison and at the Brooklyn Infusion Center.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a safe, painless, and effective form of traditional Chinese medicine. Disposable, ultra-thin needles are applied to specific points on the body to stimulate the nervous system to release certain chemicals in the brain.

Physical side effects treated with acupuncture include pain, muscle tension, neuropathy, dry mouth, headache, musculoskeletal problems, fatigue, anxiety, depression, insomnia, stress, lack of appetite, nausea, diarrhea, constipation, weight gain and loss, swelling, hot flashes, and surgery-related arm and leg lymphedema.

Community Acupuncture

Enjoy the benefits of acupuncture at a lower cost by enrolling in a small group session. You will be among a maximum of six people treated by one of Integrative Medicine’s senior acupuncturists. One private session with one of Integrative Medicine’s acupuncturists is required prior to joining a Community session.

Fees for Acupuncture

Individual first session, $125
Follow-up session, $100
Well-Being Passport* (ten sessions), $900
Community acupuncture visit, $50

*A Well-Being Passport may be used for any individual therapy normally priced $100.

Mind-Body Therapies

Mind-body therapies are an essential component of integrative medicine. You may experience a variety of physical and emotional changes throughout your diagnosis and treatment, like insomnia, fatigue, shortness of breath, anxiety and stress. Mind-body therapies can help you cope with these conditions and support improved daily functioning and mood.

We offer classes and services that teach guided meditation, self-hypnosis and exercises which incorporate mind-body elements, such as yoga, Tai Chi and martial arts.

Our newest group program Meditation 101 is a six-week class introducing patients to basic techniques, practices and tools to support them in cultivating a personal meditation practice, that they can carry with them throughout their day, in order to reduce stress, build resiliency and promote wellness. If you are interested in joining, please call 646-888-0800

In between visits, we encourage patients and caregivers to try our Guided Meditation Playlist, which is available on our website, www.mskcc.org/integrativemedicine, or as a prerecorded podcast in the iTunes store. From your iOS device, search ‘MSKCC Cancer Care’ in the Podcasts app.

Nutrition

Nutrition counseling can help you to improve your health through dietary changes. Integrative Medicine nutritionists also specialize in helping patients with questions related to dietary supplements, vitamins, and herb-prescription drug interactions.

Fees for Nutrition Counseling

Nutrition and Supplement (30-minute), $75
Nutrition and Supplement (one-hour), $100
Focus on Supplements (30-minute), $75
Well-being Passport (ten one-hour sessions), $900

Nutrition and Supplement Counseling

During this appointment, our dietician will outline nutritional guidelines for you to follow based upon your personal health and weight goals, and recommendations to improve your health and diet once you complete treatment. Consulting with a dietician at Integrative Medicine also offers the unique benefit of asking question about dietary supplements and herbs. Patients and their caregivers may meet with the Integrative Medicine dietician at the Bendheim Integrative Medicine Center or by telephone.

Focus on Supplements

This 30-minute session discusses the pros and cons of over-the-counter dietary supplements, including the possibility of interactions with various medications. Guidelines will be provided for the safe use of supplements, both for disease prevention and for those undergoing treatment. Phone consultations are available.

Nutrition & Cancer Basics

Join Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Virtual Programs and Integrative Medicine Service for an interactive and informative lecture presented by Donald Garrity, RD, CDN. In this free online session, you will learn about herbs, dietary supplements and healthy eating recommendations before, during and after treatment. Nutrition & Cancer Basics is a general introduction; for more personalized nutrition recommendations and counseling, we recommend making an appointment with our dietician.   Nutrition & Cancer Basics is a bimonthly educational program open to all MSK patients and caregivers. To register for the next session, please email: virtualprograms@mskcc.org

Physical Activity & Fitness

Exercise programs can improve strength and endurance while promoting relaxation. Physical fitness also helps relieve pain, muscle tension, weakness, fatigue, anxiety, depression, and stress. Click here to see our group class offerings.

Fees for Physical Activity & Fitness

Group exercise classes, $20
Personal training (30-minute), $75
Personal training (one-hour), $100
Well-being Passport (ten one-hour personal training sessions), $900
Passport to Fitness (ten group exercise classes), $180

Touch Therapies

Symptoms commonly treated with touch therapies include pain, muscle tension, post-operative discomfort, musculoskeletal problems, anxiety, depression, insomnia, stress, and fatigue.

Individual session, $110
Individual session with senior therapist, $120

Deep Tissue Massage

This technique focuses on addressing specific deeper tissues and muscle groups of the body. The therapist will use a range of pressures throughout the session for comfort and safety. The intention is to affect adjustment in the tissues without causing undue discomfort or strain.

Shiatsu

Shiatsu, a type of massage developed in Japan, uses hand pressure and stretching techniques to promote balance and to quiet and center the mind. Depending on the client’s clinical status, our therapists may perform Shiatsu on the floor or on a massage table. Please wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing.

Swedish Massage

Swedish massage is the most popular type of massage in the United States. It involves the therapeutic manipulation of muscles with a variety of hand movements to relieve muscular tension, stimulate circulation, and induce feelings of deep relaxation and tranquility.

Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD)

MLD, now offered at the Bendheim Integrative Medicine Center and the integrative medicine suite at the Evelyn H. Lauder Breast Center, is an important part of complete decongestive therapy for patients at risk for lymphedema or with symptoms such as heaviness or discomfort following lymph node dissection during cancer surgery. MLD is a gentle, noninvasive massage technique that directs excessive lymph fluid away from affected areas toward regions of the body that can support drainage. This therapy can reduce the pain and discomfort of lymphedema while promoting relaxation.

Medical Qi Gong Therapy

The oldest therapeutic modality of Chinese medicine, medical Qi Gong integrates focused attention, movement, breathing techniques, and gentle touch therapy that follows the body’s meridian map. Benefits include increased well-being, stress reduction, and management of symptoms such as pain, fatigue, nausea, and headache.

Pregnancy Massage

Pregnancy massage is relaxing and restorative. Through the application of specific techniques that include positioning and support, this special, gentle massage relieves stress and soothes tight and aching muscles.

Reflexology

Reflexology is the ancient practice of applying pressure to specific parts of the feet, hands, and ears. A reflexology treatment is deeply relaxing and helps to reduce stress, relieve pain, increase circulation, and enhance well-being. It’s perfect for the busy person on the go.

Reiki Light Touch Massage

Reiki promotes the healing of physical and emotional ailments through gentle touch. Reiki therapists use light pressure techniques to restore harmony and provide deep relaxation and a sense of clarity.

Repetitive Stress Injury Massage

This type of massage addresses work- and sports-related injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome, “mouse shoulder,” and “tennis elbow.” In this individual, customized session, various massage techniques are used to relieve areas of pain, restriction of movement, and tension. Our therapists also make recommendations to help clients improve ergonomics when sitting at the computer, playing sports, or performing other repetitive tasks.