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 complementary therapies 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 includes Acupuncture, Integrative Medicine Consults, Integrative Health Coaching, Lymphedma Therapy, Massage, Nutritional Consultations, Wellness/Exercise Programs and Yoga,  ideally help to navigate 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 919-843-5069 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.

Nutritional Consultations

The Outpatient Oncology Nutrition Program provides individual nutrition counseling from Jennifer Spring, RD, LDN and Mandy Holliday, MPH, RD, LDN, CNSC. As registered dietitians, they understand many of the common challenges related to treatment for and recovery from cancer. A monthly nutrition class titled "Nutrition During Cancer Treatment" is held the third Thursday of each month in the Patient and Family Resource Center's conference room in the N.C. Cancer Hospital. To RSVP, contact Robin Haring at 919-966-3494. To schedule an appointment for an individual nutrition consult please contact Sandee Caine at: 919-966-3093.

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.

Wellness/Exercise Programs (Helping you safely return or safely adopt a healthy lifestyle)

  • Get REAL & HEEL Icon indicating that a link will open an external site. is a unique program designed to serve cancer patients in North Carolina. Get REAL & HEEL is not just an exercise program. It integrates individualized prescriptive exercise with recreational therapy to provide a program that strengthens your body and mind. We develop an individualized plan that helps each participant manage cancer treatment-related symptoms and increase chances of survivorship and quality of life. Because of grant support, this program is currently provided to individuals free of charge. Please visit Get REAL & HEEL or contact Kelly Hermason at 919-962-1222, Watch video about the program on ABC 11Icon indicating that a link will open an external site.
  • Cancer Transitions is a FREE 2 ½-hour, 7-week workshop to help cancer survivors and their caregivers make the transition from active treatment to post-treatment care. Cancer Transitions is offered quarterly at Carolina Pointe II. Meet other survivors, get your questions answered and learn how to move forward and positively impact your life. Expert panelist including physicians, nutritionists, nurses and fitness experts will discuss topics such as: Get Back to Wellness, Healthy Eating Post-Treatment, Medical Care and Surveillance, Physical Activity, and Emotional Health and Wellbeing. You will learn about exercise tailored to each participant’s abilities, training in relaxation and stress management and tips for nutritious eating. Cancer Transitions has a proven track record as an evidence-based program that provides cancer survivors with the tools they need to take charge of their own health and quality of life. Times vary. Held at Carolina Pointe II. Call 919-843-5069 to learn more or view UNC Lineberger Cancer Support Calendar.
  • The LiveFit Cancer Exercise Program is a 10-week exercise program for cancer survivors who have been treated within the last year. The program is limited to 6-12 participants. Classes will be held at the UNC Wellness Center at Meadowmont.Each exercise session will consist of a small group routine that varies each week. Progressive exercise will include, but is not limited to: Cardio Machines, Strength Training, Functional Training, Core Training, and Flexibility/Range of Motion Exercises (for example: Aqua Aerobics, Yoga, Low-impact Aerobics, and Mindfulness/Meditation Training). For more information, please contact the UNC Wellness Center at Meadowmont at 919-966-5500 or visit www.uncwellness.comIcon indicating that a link will open an external site.