A survey of children with cancer treated at Columbia University Medical Center found that 84% of pediatric oncology patients use special diets, herbs, massage, and mind/body therapies to help combat cancer. Half of these therapies were not reported to the child's doctor. Ongoing research explores innovative therapeutic options to alleviate the toxicity and discomfort of anticancer therapy. The Integrative Therapies Program has launched a number of studies to determine the efficacy of certain complementary modalities and publishes all findings to educate oncologists and patients on effective holistic approaches in pediatric oncology.
The Integrative Therapies Program is a pioneer in the arena of CAM and pediatric oncology. You can find summaries on the scientific literature published in complementary/alternative medicine and pediatric oncology (summary of current literature), descriptions of currently open studies (research studies), as well as manuscripts written by and about The Integrative Therapies Program for Children with Cancer in our "Section Resources".
Last updated: January 27, 2012