Complementary and Integrative Therapies
Complementary and integrative therapies are used along with standard treatments (such as surgery and chemotherapy) to help treat cancer, reduce symptoms and side effects, and improve overall wellness. Some examples include acupuncture, massage therapy, nutritional support, yoga, and meditation.
At Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI), we use a comprehensive, holistic approach to cancer care that involves treating the body, mind, and spirit.
The Linda B. and Robert B. Wiggins Wellness and Integrative Health Center promotes physical and emotional well-being and complements the medical care of HCI patients during and after treatment. For more information about any of the programs and services listed below, call 801-587-4585 or view the schedule of group fitness classes.
- Art therapy
- Cooking Class
- Creative Dance
- Look Good...Feel Better
- Massage therapy
- Nutrition counseling
- Personal Optimism with Exercise Recovery (POWER) activities and classes
- Sexual health and fertility preservation
Nutrition is an important part of care before, during, and after cancer treatment. Clinical dietitians in Nutrition Care Services are a part of the HCI team approach to patient care and wellness. Patients can meet with a dietitian to receive personalized nutrition counseling. To schedule an appointment with a dietitian, patients can call 801-587-4585 or visit the Wellness-Survivorship Center.
HCI dietitians can help patients with many areas of nutritional support:
- Advice for balanced nutrition and meal planning
- Nutritional guidance for specific cancers
- Coping strategies for nutrition-related treatment side effects
- Special diet management and meal planning
- Management of tube feeding and intravenous nutrition regimens
- Guidelines for nutrition supplements and antioxidant use during cancer treatment
The Supportive Oncology and Survivorship is a holistic service that offers medical treatments and complementary therapies to reduce symptoms, manage pain, and enhance the quality of life for cancer patients and their loved ones. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 801-213-4246.
Patient and Family Support team members help HCI cancer patients and their loved ones cope with the emotions and life changes brought about by a cancer diagnosis. For more information about any of the services listed below, please call 801-585-9755 or visit the Patient and Family Support Services website.
- Meeting with individuals, couples, and families
- Teaching stress-reduction skills and other mind-body techniques to aid the healing process
- Collaborating and consulting with doctors, nurses, and other medical care providers to enhance comprehensive, holistic care
- Assisting with hospital services, accessing community resources, and addressing other practical needs
- Helping with advance health care directives such as a living will and medical power of attorney
All cancer treatments used today began with research that became clinical trials. Clinical trials test treatments, both standard and complementary, for safety and effectiveness in patients. These studies also research new or improved ways to reduce symptoms and increase quality of life for patients. For more information, visit HCI's clinical trials website.
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