Integrative Medicine

Integrative medicine reaffirms the importance of the relationship between practitioner and patient, focuses on the whole person, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapeutic, lifestyle approaches, and healthcare disciplines to achieve optimal health and healing.

Smilow Cancer Hospital's approach to integrative medicine provides evidence-based guidance about complementary therapies commonly used by cancer patients and survivors. We work to optimize mainstream care and address the serious physical and emotional symptoms often experienced by patients before, during, and after therapy, and avoid interactions with conventional care. Our team has expertise in the practice and scientific evaluation of complementary medicine which can guide patients to make effective decisions about the most helpful integrative therapies throughout their treatment program and beyond. We collaborate closely with your oncology team to provide safe and effective care.


Contact

  • To make an appointment for a service below, call 203-200-6129.
  • To register for a group session or class, visit Classes and Events.
  • To schedule an appointment with an integrative medicine physician,
    call 203-200-4325 (HEAL).

The program is located in the Integrative Medicine/Rehabilitation Services area on the first floor of Smilow Cancer Hospital, room 1402. As a patient, many of the services can be provided on your floor or in your room.  All Services are offered free of charge to patients undergoing cancer treatment at Smilow Cancer Hospital.

Office Hours
Monday - Friday, 8 am - 4 pm, closed all major holidays


Services

Art Expression offers a variety of creative outlets that provide a unique therapeutic experience. A broad spectrum of engaging classes and workshops, taught by visiting artists, provide patients the opportunity to learn various art techniques and to participate in collaborative installations and projects.
Plant-based oils are used to promote relaxation, relieve stress and anxiety, and help control insomnia, nausea, and pain. Essential oils can be incorporated into other complementary approaches.

Experienced and licensed therapists are trained in oncology massage, focused on improving side effects from cancer and its treatment. Research has shown that massage therapy may reduce pain, promote relaxation, and boost mood in cancer patients.

Reiki is a complementary health approach in which practitioners place their hands lightly on or just above a person, with the goal of facilitating the person's own healing response. Patients often report relaxation and stress-reduction effects.

Yoga is a mind and body practice with origins in ancient Indian philosophy, combining breathing techniques, physical postures, meditation, and relaxation. Patients can receive individual bedside yoga therapy, adapted to patient needs and limitations.

Group Sessions

Patients, caregivers, staff and volunteers are invited to join voices and experience the benefits of singing together.

Group classes incorporate breathing techniques, physical postures, meditation, and relaxation, adapted to patient needs and limitations.

Qi gong is a centuries-old mind and body practice that involves certain postures and gentle movements with mental focus, breathing, and relaxation. The movements can be adapted or practiced while walking, standing, or sitting. Practicing Qi gong may reduce pain, reduce anxiety, and improve general quality of life.

Walking a labyrinth is an experience that allows contemplation as well as a place to retreat, regroup and renew in support of each individual journey. Labyrinths provide a quiet walking meditation and take 5-10 minutes to complete.

Walking a labyrinth is an experience that allows contemplation as well as a place to retreat, regroup and renew in support of each individual journey. Labyrinths provide a quiet walking meditation and take 5-10 minutes to complete.

Patients are invited to work with an experienced mentor on a writing essay of their choice. Individuals can contribute to an annual anthology of written works.
A gentler form of Zumba, designed for all populations and all fitness levels. It blends easy to follow dance rhythms with music. Chair based options are available.