Integrative Medicine at the Comprehensive Cancer Support Program (CCSP)

Integrative Medicine incorporates multiple approaches to healing and involves collaboration between conventional and complementary medicine practitioners. It offers a personal approach to health by combining complementary therapies that have been proven safe and effective with conventional medical approaches.

Yoga Pose at Carolina Pointe II Many people going through cancer find that Integrative Medicine can relieve symptoms or side effects, ease pain, and enhance their lives during treatment.

The Integrative Medicine Services provided at UNC Cancer Care are intended to complement traditional cancer care.  Our Integrative Medicine program, which currently includes Acupuncture, Integrative Medicine Consults, Massage, Wellness Programs and Yoga can help lead you to improved well-being during cancer treatment and after its completion. 

Many of our Integrative Medicine program’s services are also offered at offsite locations, with easy access and parking for your convenience.

Please call Elizabeth Sherwood, RN, MS, ANP at 919-957-6600 for more information.

Services 

Most services are covered by insurance.

Acupuncture

The term "acupuncture" describes a family of procedures involving the stimulation of points on the body using a variety of techniques-such as sound waves, tiny electrical charges, and/or very thin needles. Acupuncture, a component of Traditional Chinese Medicine, originated more than 2,000 years ago.  Acupuncture is being used in the care of cancer patients to help alleviate pain, fatigue, hot flashes and dry mouth after radiation as well as post-operative chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting.  
Practitioner: Wunian Chen, MD
To make an appointment for acupuncture with Dr. Chen, call Carolina Pointe II office at 919-957-6600.

Integrative Medicine Consults

The Integrative Medicine Consult Service is designed to help cancer patients and survivors distinguish between the various forms of complementary medicine and decide which approaches are right for their individual needs. Consults often include a review of dietary supplements and referral for appropriate integrative therapies, but can include discussion of any factors related to integrative medicine and cancer care.
Practitioner: Gary Asher, MD, MPH
To schedule an appointment for an Integrative Medicine Consultation with Dr. Asher, call Carolina Pointe II office at 919-957-6600.

Massage Therapy

Relax with a soothing massage that can relieve muscular tension, provide relief from temporary or chronic muscular discomfort, reduce pain and swelling, assist the body in achieving greater flexibility, increase circulation, and stimulate healing. Practitioners are licensed massage therapists experienced in treating patients with cancer.

  • Full Massage at Carolina Pointe II. Two free full  massages for each patient and two free full massages for caregivers are available at our off-campus clinic at Carolina Pointe II with therapist Dorie Laing, LMBT, CLT-LANA. For these appointments at our Carolina Pointe II office, call 919-957-6600.
  • Massage at UNC Cancer Hospital. Free limited  massage for patients and caregivers (15-30 minute sessions) are available at UNC Hospitals to oncology inpatients, oncology outpatients and oncology caregivers. For these appointments, call the Patient and Family Resource Center at 919-843-0680.

Yoga

More research is being done on how the practice of yoga can have positive health effects for people living with cancer, cancer survivors and their caregivers.  Studies of the effects of yoga on quality of life in people with cancer have shown encouraging results.  Yoga has been shown to improve insomnia, decrease fatigue, and reduce stress as well as the side effects of cancer treatment. Classes are held Monday and Thursday, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., $5 per session - private sessions available. Carolina Pointe II, 6011 Farrington Road, 3rd Floor. Additional classes will be coming soon.

 

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