Summer 2015 update – We have not been idle!


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Hello to all our supporters and thank you for stopping by! Another year has flown by since I’ve updated our blog, despite my best intentions to keep you all informed. It’s been a busy and productive year with ongoing and new programs being offered, new research published and underway, studies recently funded and lots of media attention to our work. Let me give you a quick overview: 1. Publications: We published a paper in the journal Cancer showing that women who participated in psychosocial interventions including mindfulness meditation […]

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Already 2014! What have we been up to?


Well it’s been almost 6 months since my last blog post and much is underway at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre when it comes to Integrative Oncology. Here’s a list of some of the current projects my students and I are undertaking: 1. Review of the scientific literature on the effects of antioxidant supplements during cancer treatments. 2. Canada-wide survey of Cancer Centre policies on antioxidant and natural health product usage for cancer patients. We are also including some of the key American cancer centres as well. The […]

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Summer Update 2013. It’s been busy…


Hi everyone. Well, lest you think we’ve been sitting idle enjoying the weather this summer, let me prove you wrong! Despite the flooding that has displaced us from our offices at the Holy Cross Centre (seemingly indefinitely), we’ve been working on some exciting initiatives that will hopefully prove fruitful in the coming months.  We’ve also had some big publications come out that I’m really excited about. Today I will highlight one of those. First off, our Integrative Oncology team has expanded and we’ve submitted two letters of intent […]

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Leap Magazine – March 2013


So nice to see this summary of our screening for distress work out in Leap magazine. Having the program adopted clinically in Alberta is great progress for person-entered care! “It’s pretty hard to imagine being diagnosed with cancer and not feeling some level of distress. Distress is defined by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network as “a multifactorial unpleasant emotional experience of a psychological (cognitive, behavioural, emotional), social and/or spiritual nature that may interfere with the ability to cope effectively with cancer, its physical symptoms and its treatment. Distress […]

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Director’s Blog Jan 2013


Welcome to our new website! Thank you for visiting – please take a tour around and make yourself at home. The TBCC Integrative Oncology Program isn’t really anything new, we are just putting together all our programs, education and research that fall into this category under one umbrella. The idea is to make information easy to find for people living with cancer, friends and family as well as cancer care professionals. Since this is the first blog I’m writing, perhaps I will give you a bit of history. […]

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Mindfulness-Based Cancer Recovery Book


Dr. Linda Carlson and Dr. Michael Speca successfully launched their new book Mindfulness-Based Cancer Recovery on March 24th, 2011 along with an experiential workshop and reception. In Mindfulness-Based Cancer Recovery, Linda and Michael present an 8-week program for coping with the symptoms of chemotherapy, radiation, and other cancer treatments by reducing stress and anxiety through meditation, mindfulness, and gentle yoga. Linda is also the author of The Art and Science of Mindfulness along with Shauna Shapiro. Both books are available for purchase at Amazon, click on the book […]

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