Grand Rounds on the Role of Integrative Medicine in Oncology

VIDEO | 37:00

Integrative Medicine Service Chief Barrie Cassileth describes the program at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center that has served as a model for similar services around the world. Integrative oncology is evidence-based care designed to be used as an adjunct to — not a replacement for — mainstream medical care for the relief of physical and emotional symptoms during cancer treatment. At Memorial Sloan Kettering, services are free and include acupuncture, acupressure, massage, mind-body approaches, nutritional counseling, music therapy, self-hypnosis, and meditation. These approaches can be used to relieve pain, fatigue, anxiety, lymphedema, and other symptoms. Dr. Cassileth notes that Memorial Sloan Kettering is posting integrative medicine courses online for the benefit of practitioners and patients far and wide.