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Wellness and Integrative Oncology Program

Integrative Oncology

What Is Integrative Oncology?

The Wellness and Integrative Oncology Program at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center manages the mind, body, and spirit. Modalities of movement, touch, nutrition, and mindfulness are used within conventional cancer care to address and improve symptoms and quality-of-life. Directed by medical oncologist, Lanie Francis, MD, recommendations are symptom driven and evidence-based.

At its core, the program provides a partnership between the patient and his or her oncology team. With our team of experts, patients will receive individualized care plans and ongoing education about integrative therapies.

Defining Terms

Complementary - using a non-mainstream approach together with conventional medicine.

Alternative - using a non-mainstream approach in place of conventional medicine.

Integrative - weaving non-mainstream techniques into conventional medicine to create a cohesive approach toward treating patients.

Integrative Oncology - managing the mind, body and spirit of cancer patients in the context of conventional cancer care using the modalities of movement, touch, nutrition and mindfulness to address symptoms and quality of life.

Is Integrative Oncology for Me?

The Wellness and Integrative Oncology Program is for patients who want to:

  • Manage symptoms with a personalized, whole person approach
  • Improve quality of life and wellness
  • Be proactive and involved in their care