MSK's Integrative Medicine Service offers complementary therapies for managing cancer symptoms and side effects while supporting recovery and health. What this looks like are options such as acupuncture, massage, and yoga offered alongside treatments like surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. These holistic therapies are personalized and woven into each patient's cancer care to care for the whole person, not just your cancer.
Visit MSK Kids: Integrative Medicine & Complementary Services for the specific services available to child and teen patients.
The wide variety of programs and advice available within the Integrative Medicine Service can support your overall health and well-being as well as focus on specific issues. This includes:
When you schedule a physician consultation, our skilled doctors will come up with a customized treatment approach and put together a team to help you achieve your specific goals. To make your appointment to create your personal care plan, please call 646-608-8550.
Learn more about integrative therapies at MSK:
Supportive Care includes ways to help you address symptoms, cope with cancer, and live your best life possible. Supportive care is sometimes called “palliative care.” It is an important part of the cancer treatment journey.
The Supportive Care Service at MSK is comprised of physicians, advanced practice providers, pharmacists, social workers, and chaplains who work together to provide specialized medical care for people living with cancer and their caregivers in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. The supportive care service clinicians work in partnership with doctors in the Departments of Medicine, Surgery, Anesthesiology & Critical Care, Neurology, as well as clinicians, nurses, and social workers in Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences.
This diverse team works to help patients manage the symptoms and side effects of cancer treatment and cope with the emotions this diagnosis and experience create. They have expertise in the management of patients with multiple complex medical problems, as well as patients who are close to end of life. This care is driven by patient goals and involves ongoing conversations with patients and their families.
While undergoing cancer treatment, you may spend a significant amount of time at MSK for appointments and procedures, and these activities for both adult and younger patients encourage relaxation and provide distractions.
You can use MSK's diet plans and recipes to help with healthy eating habits during and after cancer treatment.
This program draws on a wide range of approaches to help you quit. They use safe and effective medications and the latest behavioral techniques to help you break your addiction and become skilled in using diverse strategies to resist urges to smoke.
MSK's Counseling & Support is here for you in the following ways:
Visit MSK Kids: Our Support Services & Care Teams for the specific support and care available to child and teen patients and their families.
MSK recognizes that caregivers are an important part of the cancer care team, and that as the family member or friend of someone with cancer, you may find yourself juggling responsibilities and different emotions. The page Cancer Caregiver Support & Help lists educational resources and various support services, both within and outside of MSK.
The team behind Patient & Community Education has written many resources for caregivers. Two places to start are Caregiver Support Services and A Guide for Caregivers, and both are available in a variety of languages.