What is Integrative Oncology?

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Integrative oncology is an evidence-based medical sub-specialty that uses complementary therapies (CTs) in concert with conventional medical treatment to enhance efficacy, improve symptom control, alleviate patient distress, and reduce suffering.

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Our Team

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Integrative Oncology research and practice involves teamwork between clinicians and researchers from a wide variety of professions. We have a strong background in Complementary Therapy research and practice, lead by a number of experts in Health Psychology and Behavioural Medicine. We are constantly expanding our team and always looking for collaborators from diverse backgrounds.

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Clinical Programs

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At the TBCC and through our many community partners, programs offered range from the popular Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction, to Healing Arts and Yoga THRIVE. See the programs page for more details on the variety of offerings and links to our community partners.

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Our Vision

Our ultimate vision is to provide seamless integrative evidence-based care to each cancer patient treated at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre.

Integrative oncology is a system of interdisciplinary care blended throughout cancer care as necessary for each person, employing a collaborative team approach which is patient-centered, so that the patient’s needs and views dictate the course of care, not those of the practitioners.

Treatments are meant to promote health and wellness, prevention of disease and to bring out the innate healing capacity in each person.

  • University of Calgary
  • Alberta Health Services

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The LITE Study

The University of Calgary is offering a unique form of therapy that may help improve your symptoms of fatigue. The LITE Study is a FREE 6-week program that investigates the role of light therapy on the quality of life, sleep patterns, and measures of immune function and stress hormones in people who have finished cancer treatments and are still feeling tired. All patients complete a thorough assessment before to beginning the program.

You may be eligible to participate if you:

  • Have finished your chemotherapy or radiation treatments
  • Are still feeling very tired
  • Would like to find new ways of feeling more energized!

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