Centers, Clinics and Clinicians

Overview

Many readers want to know what specific clinics, centers and clinicians they should consider.

How to respond to this need has been our greatest challenge at BCCT:

  • People have widely differing experiences with the same clinic or clinician.
  • Changes in staff and management can significantly alter the experience.
  • Keeping an updated and accurate list of clinics current is a daunting task.

For these reasons, we do not recommend specific integrative health professionals.  We provide professional directories you can use if you have no other information to guide you. 

Guidance on Finding an Integrative Provider

If  your conventional physician is supportive, you may ask for recommendations for integrative practitioners. 

However, many excellent physicians do not feel qualified to offer such guidance. Some are simply not supportive. On this page,  we share an initial list of clinics, centers, directories and recommendations from sources we trust.

National Cancer Institute-Designated Cancer Centers

This is a partial list of centers offering integrative medicine programs.

Key Points Regarding Integrative Programs at Major US Cancer Centers

  • Some major cancer centers offer integrative medicine programs that are not specifically integrative oncology programs. 
  • An integrative medicine program does not always translate into collaboration between integrative medicine providers and conventional care providers.    
  • Integrative oncology services may range from limited to extensive. 
  • Key questions to ask:
    • Does the center have an integrative medicine program for people with cancer?
    • What specific services are offered?   
    • What kinds of practitioners/physicians are providing direct complementary medicine services?
    • What is the cost of services? Which services will insurance cover?

*These centers offer integrative medicine programs that are not specifically integrative oncology programs. 

East Coast

  1. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Bendheim Integrative Medicine Center, New York, New York
  2. Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, The Leonard P. Zakim Center for Integrative Therapies and Healthy Living, Boston, Massachusetts
  3. *Harvard University Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
    This center serves Harvard affiliated centers. Patients with cancer are referred to the Zakim Center at Dana-Farber.
  4. *Johns Hopkins Integrative Medicine & Digestive Center, Baltimore, Maryland
  5. Roswell Park Survivorship and Supportive Care Center, Buffalo, New York
    This program is described in a journal article: Implementing an Integrative Survivorship Program at a Comprehensive Cancer Center: A Multimodal Approach to Life after Cancer

Midwest

  1. *Mayo Clinic Integrative Medicine and Health Research Program, Rochester, Minnesota

Southwest

  1. The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Integrative Medicine Center, Houston Texas
  2. *University of Arizona Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine, Tucson, Arizona

West Coast

  1. *University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, San Francisco, California

Integrative Medicine and Cancer Directories

These directories may help you find a practitioner in your area with these generally credible areas of training and expertise:

Review of Clinics and Centers

Commentary from research or personal experience of our trusted advisors

  • Moss Reports (purchase required): Ralph Moss, PhD, has written reports for many types of cancer which include “a serious assessment of cancer clinics not just in the US and Canada, but also central Europe, Mexico, Israel and China.” 

We also provide related guidance on these pages:

As you look through all your options, we encourage you to consider carefully what resonates for you personally. 

We will be refining this section of BCCT as long as this site exists. We invite comments. We ask that comments be respectful, based on experience rather than hearsay, and focused on the intent of this section: to provide guidance to patients/caregivers in finding the best treatments for their needs. 

We will be moderating comments for civility and appropriateness. We welcome comments that disagree with our conclusions or recommendations, but not those that are hostile, dismissive of other viewpoints or inappropriately marketing something. We look forward to positive engagement among our audience.

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