Centers, Clinics and Clinicians
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. Many offer integrative medicine programs, but the degree and components of integrative approaches vary widely among centers.
Key Points Regarding Integrative Programs at Major US Cancer Centers
*These centers offer integrative medicine programs that are not specifically integrative oncology programs.
Centers Organized by Location
*University of Arizona Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine, Tucson, Arizona
City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center, Duarte, California
*University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, San Francisco, California
*Johns Hopkins Integrative Medicine & Digestive Center, Lutherville, Maryland
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, The Leonard P. Zakim Center for Integrative Therapies and Healthy Living, Boston, Massachusetts
*Harvard University Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts; this center serves Harvard-affiliated centers. Patients with cancer are referred to the Zakim Center at Dana-Farber.
*Mayo Clinic Integrative Medicine and Health Research Program, Rochester, Minnesota
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Bendheim Integrative Medicine Center, New York, New York
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
Baylor College of Medicine Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center, Houston, Texas; this program offers integrative care in its Breast Care Center Services.
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Integrative Medicine Center, Houston Texas
Integrative Medicine and Cancer Directories
Naturopathic Phone Consultations
Naturopathic oncologists are common in some areas but not in others. If you cannot find a naturopathic oncologist near you, consider consulting by phone. Some FABNO-designated naturopaths provide phone consultations.
These directories may help you find a practitioner in your area with these generally credible areas of training and expertise:
- Society for Integrative Oncology: Public Directory
- FON Consulting: National Directory of Integrative Oncology Providers
- Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians (OncANP)
- The Institute for Functional Medicine: Find A Practitioner referral network
- Graduates of the Fellowship in the Program in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona
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:
- Advocates and Navigators
- Decision Making under Pressure
- Questions for Your Care Providers, including a section with tips for finding and choosing complementary medicine practitioners
- Which Options Best Suit You?
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.
- Mao JJ. The state of integrative oncology: a new era. The ASCO Post.
- Latte-Naor S, Mao JJ. Putting integrative oncology into practice: concepts and approaches. Journal of Oncology Practice. 2019 Jan;15(1):7-14.