“Integrative medicine is a healing oriented medicine that takes into account the whole person (body, mind, spirit) including all aspects of lifestyle. It emphasizes the therapeutic relationship and makes use of all appropriate therapies, both conventional and alternative.”
– A. Weil, M.D., University of Arizona, 2002
Interest in integrative medicine has been steadily increasing over the past few years in cancer centers across the country. In fact, as many as 73 percent of the U.S. population has used some type of integrative medicine therapy. The Middlesex Hospital Cancer Center has combined the best of conventional and integrative therapies for cancer patients into the Center for Integrative Medicine.
Integrative medicine therapies are not meant to replace traditional treatments, but are instead a complementary form of treatment that focuses on the whole person—mind, body and spirit—by emphasizing healthy diet, exercise, relaxation and emotional well-being. We are proud to offer a wide range of , all lead by our expertly-trained, certified and /or licensed specialists—and we are adding more programs all the time.
Integrative Medicine Fellowship Program
In association with the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, we offer a two-year integrative medicine Fellowship Program, under the leadership of Dr. Andrew Weil. This program allows our residents to obtain in-depth training in integrative medicine. During this time, the Fellow sees patients at the Cancer Center, performs a comprehensive history and physical exam, reports the findings to a committee of integrative medicine experts who make recommendations for care, and then works in collaboration with the patient’s oncologist or primary care physician to make the necessary referrals for physical, traditional, energy, mind/body, spiritual, nutritional or botanical therapies.