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Integrative Services at the

James M Stockman Cancer Institute

Wellness for the Mind, Body & Spirit.

The diagnosis and treatment of cancer takes a toll on the body and mind. Integrative care is available to help you manage treatment-related side effects; improve your physical and mental health, and increase overall quality of life.

For more information, contact us at 240-566-4100.

Integrative Services are designed to focus on improving physical, mental, and spiritual health during and after cancer treatment. The goal is to optimize health, healing, and overall quality of life. Our services include Yoga, Meditation, Acupuncture, and Massage. Our care focuses on the person as a whole.

Treatment sessions include:

  • Meeting patients where they are on their health journey.
  • Individual dialogue with patients regarding integrative therapies.

Benefits of integrative therapies include:

  • Reduce feelings of stress and anxiety
  • Improved or reduced treatment-related side effects
  • Increased feelings of mental and physical well-being
  • Support healing and recovery process
  • Increased quality of life

Our Services:

  • Mindfulness Meditation includes breath work and relaxation techniques.
  • Massage helps reduce physical and mental stress on the body.
  • Acupuncture works to balance your personal energy for optimum health.
  • Gentle yoga classes to increase strength, flexibility and coordination along with breath work.

Unique Access to Expert Treatment Planning

Using an evidence-based approach and working with a team of practitioners, we will evaluate your unique needs and develop a treatment plan just for you.

Integrative Services

Mindfulness & Meditation

Meditation, relaxation and imagery can help to reduce stress, improve sleep, mood, and pain, and results in decreased stress hormones and improvement of immunity.

Mind-body techniques are meant to be practiced regularly to produce beneficial effects. Each time patients feel the benefit of a technique they are using, they reinforce a sense of control over their own lives and counter feelings of hopelessness and helplessness.

Meditation focuses attention on increasing mental awareness and clarity of mind (Concentrative meditation) or opens attention to whatever goes through the mind and to the flow of sensations experienced from moment to moment.

Practicing meditation and mindfulness can be associated with significant improvement in mood disturbance and stress symptoms.


Acupuncture is a therapeutic modality originating from traditional Chinese medicine. Theoretically based on regulation of the flow of “qi”, or vital energy, by stimulation with needles, heat, or pressure on certain points on the body, evidence supports the use of acupuncture in treating some common symptoms experienced by cancer patients, such as pain, nausea, vomiting, and radiation-induced dry mouth.

In addition, acupuncture may also be helpful for patients suffering from cancer-related shortness of breath and, cancer-related fatigue, chemotherapy-induced neuropathy, or post-surgical pain.


Massage therapy helps relieve common symptoms associated with a cancer diagnosis and cancer treatment such as anxiety, pain, fatigue, and distress. When working with cancer patients, the application of deep or intense pressure during massage is typically avoided.


Specially trained yoga instructors lead individual and class sessions. Breath and movement are paired to stimulate the immune system, improve flexibility and strength, reduce anxiety, and boost overall wellbeing.

Integrative Services are available at the James M Stockman Cancer Institute. Call 240-566-4100 and press Option 1 to schedule your appointment.

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