Integrative Medicine

Acupuncture can support cancer survivors from diagnosis through treatment and beyond. The goals are to optimize physical and emotional health, improve mood and calm the mind.

Cancer has unfortunately been a part of my life for a really long time. My dad, a heavy chain-smoker, was diagnosed with lung cancer when I was 17 years old. He died just a few days later.

Recently, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center started an integrative medicine pilot program for pediatric and young adult patients with the hope of easing the side effects of their cancer treatments.

As we work toward finding cancer cures in today’s digital era, it’s easy to forget that not all innovation is high-tech. In recent years, oncology centers have embraced practices such as yoga, meditation and acupuncture.

The shock of a cancer diagnosis is a jarring, life-altering experience that, unfortunately, is not exclusive to adults. Over 10,000 American children under the age of 15 will be diagnosed this year, and rates continue to rise. Dr. Elena Ladas has done extensive research on therapies such as acupuncture, massage and dietary therapy and how they may be able to assist in reducing treatment-associated side effects.