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Breast Cancer Integrative Care and Wellness Program

Studies show that holistic therapies along with standard breast cancer treatments can:

  • Promote healing.
  • Ease side effects of treatment.
  • Boost feelings of well-being.

What Is Integrative Oncology?

Integrative oncology uses safe, evidence-based holistic and wellness practices as part of your breast cancer treatment plan. It provides physical, mental, and spiritual support throughout your treatment and beyond.

At UPMC Breast Care in central Pa., our in-house and referral-based treatments include:

  • Acupuncture.
  • Aromatherapy.
  • Massage.
  • Meditation/mindfulness.
  • Nutrition counseling.
  • Pet therapy.
  • Spiritual counseling.
  • Yoga.

Other future methods include:

  • Art therapy.
  • Cooking demonstrations.
  • Music therapy.

What Are the Benefits of Integrative Oncology?

Our goal at UPMC Breast Care in central Pa. is to look beyond treating breast cancer itself and treat the whole person.

Research shows that integrative medicine during standard cancer treatment can:

  • Reduce pain.
  • Decrease stress and worry.
  • Boost energy and overall well-being.
  • Help with sleep.
  • Improve your quality of life.
  • Help your body heal.
  • Promote long-term wellness and lifestyle changes that may reduce your risk of cancer coming back.

How Does Integrative Care Work During Breast Cancer Treatment?

Your breast cancer treatment team will work with integrative medicine experts to include these methods in your treatment plan.

Your integrative cancer care team also will check in with you throughout your treatment. They'll ask how you're feeling and help you manage any new concerns.

How Do I Access Integrative Treatments at UPMC Breast Care in Central Pa.?

We offer a range of wellness-based and holistic health care in-house and through referrals to providers in the area.

Your breast cancer care team will give you information about our integrative oncology program and assess your need.

Based on your need, you'll receive treatment in-house, or we'll refer you to other experts for care we don't offer.

Take the Next Step and Contact Us About Integrative Breast Cancer Care

Call us at 717-988-1450.

Our Locations

Meet the UPMC central Pa. integrative breast cancer team

  • Katherine Barton, MD, Director of Wellness & Integrative Oncology UPMC Breast Care in Central Pa.
  • Andrew Crimmel, DACM, L.OM
  • Heather Dreese, LMT
  • Cynthia Beers, MS, E-RYT-500

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