Patients and Family

There are many education session for patients and support people offered through the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, and reliable online resources from a number of other cancer centre programs and complementary therapy institutions we recommend.

Monthly Integrative Oncology Seminar:

Specific to Complementary Therapies, 1.5 hour sessions are provided by Dr. Carlson at the TBCC, typically on a monthly basis. They cover the basics by describing the field of Integrative Oncology and defining how it works in practice. The different areas of Complementary Therapies are discussed (Whole systems approaches; mind-body interventions; natural health products; manipulative body-based therapies; and energy therapies) and the evidence-base for therapies within each category for cancer prevention and treatment are reviewed. Controversies such as the use of antioxidants during treatment are discussed and tips for how to find the best information for your specific condition shared.

In response to the question, “On a scale of 1-10, How helpful was the presentation(s) for you (10 = extremely helpful)”, the average response was 8.65/10 (231 respondents total from symposiums and monthly education sessions).

Call 403-355-3207 for more information.

Pamphlets and Brochures:

Many patient and family educational opportunities are available at the TBCC. These include seminars specific to nutrition, fatigue, sleep and exercise. See the attached for descriptions of each, dates and times of upcoming seminars.


Click here for a list of Seminar Schedules:


Online Resources:

There are a number of reliable online resources for finding information on Integrative Oncology and specific complementary treatment approaches in cancer. Other sites are not specific to cancer but very good general information.
Some of our favourites include:

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Excellent searchable database specific to cancer with hundreds of natural health products listed – very specific and lists scientific outcome studies, mechanisms of action, drug interactions, etc.
MD Anderson Cancer Center (University of Texas)
Comprehensive Integrative Oncology education and resources from one of the top US programs
Caring 4 Cancer: Nutrition
Good general nutrition information plus many specific healthy recipes.
Caring 4 Cancer: Complementary Therapies
Specific information about many different complementary therapies for cancer, vetted by an expert scientist
Medline Plus
For all general and specific health information, including drug and natural health products. Consumer friendly, not specific to cancer.
NCCAM – U.S. National Center for Complementary & Alternative Medicine
You can sign up for their newsletter and stay current with the clinical trails underway and summaries of the latest research on a range of complementary therapies. Not only for cancer but other conditions as well.
Provides up-to-date support to mesothelioma patients and family members
Health Canada: Natural Health Products
This includes a database of Licensed Natural Health Products. These are natural health products that have been issued a product license by Health Canada. Products with a license have been assessed by Health Canada and found to be safe, effective and of high quality under their recommended conditions of use.This database includes information on licensed natural health products, including:

  • vitamin and mineral supplements
  • herb and plant-based remedies
  • traditional medicines like Traditional Chinese Medicines or Ayurvedic (Indian) Medicines
  • omega 3 and essential fatty acids
  • pro-biotics
  • homeopathic medicines
  • many everyday consumer products, like certain toothpastes, antiperspirants, shampoos, facial products and mouthwashes

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