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Integrative Therapies as Supportive Care for Breast Cancer Survivors

Mon, Oct 31, 2016  -  Comments (0)  -   Posted by CHAMPS Oncology

by Melanie Lynch, MD, Breast Surgeon, Summa Health

The third important advancement in breast health and cancer is integrative therapies as supportive care for breast cancer survivors.

In North America, 48-80 percent of breast cancer survivors use complimentary and integrative (in collaboration with conventional cancer care) therapies following diagnosis to manage symptoms, prevent toxicities and improve quality of life. 

Do they work?

A recent study analyzed over 200 research articles with over 150 different integrative interventions such as vitamins, yoga, acupuncture, botanicals and massage. While a majority of the interventions did not have sufficient evidence to form specific recommendations, they did find evidence to recommend meditation, yoga and relaxation with imagery as supportive care options during breast cancer treatment for routine use to improve anxiety and mood.

Summa Health agrees. That’s why they opened the “Renewal Nook” to treat the whole body. Patients leave the clinical side of their cancer care at the door for a private spa-like experience with a therapist trained in oncology massage or Reike therapy. Yoga classes for breast cancer survivors are starting soon. All free.

To schedule an appointment for a mammogram, call toll-free 888.363.1749. You can also click here for more information.


  1. Preventable Incidence and Mortality of Carcinoma Associated with Lifestyle Factors among White Adults in the United States, JAMA Oncol, May, 2016.
  2. Statistics supplied by SEER Cancer Statistics Review, 1975-2009, National Cancer Institute
  3. Clinical Practice Guidelines on the Use of Integrative Therapies as Supportive Care in Patients Treated for Breast Cancer, J Natl Cancer Inst Monogr 2014 50:346-358, 2014.
  4. Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine by Patients with Cancer: A Cross Sectional Study at Points of Cancer Care, Medical Oncology, June, 2016.
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