What Is Integrative Oncology?

Integrative Oncology is about treating the whole person.  Our goal is to enhance our patient’s wellness and improve their quality of life while treating cancer with conventional oncology care.  Integrative Oncology will teach you how to live well while you are on your cancer journey.  We will teach you how to value community, how to manage stress and fatigue appropriately, and proper nutrition.

At Ironwood Women’s Centers our patients have access to free integrative treatments like yoga, meditation, music therapy, support groups, journaling, Tai Chi, and crafts.  The classes are available to all patients, their families, and the community.

Integrative therapies can help with symptom management and general supportive care such as easing nausea, joint pain, and improving sleep and appetite.  Our Integrative Treatment program will help you learn how to understand your whole body.  It can assist you with managing the stress that is often associated with a cancer diagnosis.

When patients ( and patient family members) are engaged in their cancer care by developing healthy behaviors during and after cancer treatments can maximize positive health outcomes.

“We’re treating your entire body, not just the disease.”

– Dr. Heidi Rula 


Evidence Based Therapy

Evidence based therapy encompasses more fields of medicine, is any therapy based on peer-reviewed scientific evidence. Integrative Oncology utilizes complimentary treatments that are appropriate to work with conventional cancer treatments.

Nutritional Recommendation

Nutrition is a process in which food is taken in and used by the body for growth and to get your body healthy.  Good nutrition is important for good health.  Heating the right kinds of foods before, during, and after cancer treatment can help the patient feel better and stay stronger.

Our Integrative Oncologist and Registered Dietitians will work together to provide you with meal plans and supplement recommendations that can assist you with managing symptoms associated with traditional cancer treatment.



Integrative Treatments

We offer a wide variety of integrative treatments that will assist that are complementary to your traditional cancer treatment like acupuncture, yoga, meditation, and sound therapy.  Many of these services are free of charge unless otherwise noted by your provider.

Stress Reduction

A disease such as cancer is often one of the most stressful experiences of a person’s life. Coping with cancer can be more challenging with added stress from work, family, or financial concerns. Usual, everyday stress can also make coping with a cancer diagnosis more difficult.

Our Integrative Oncology team will create an individualized treatment program that will assist with managing stress.  Our social service professionals are available to assist you with resources that may support you any non-medical needs.