Research in Integrative Medicine
The Integrative Medicine Program’s research focus is on intervention programs to reduce the negative consequences of cancer diagnosis and treatment,
and improve treatment outcomes and quality of life. Many patients, under the careful guidance of their physicians, are involved in mind/body and acupuncture research, research studying dietary supplements and other regimens, biopharmacologic agents such as vitamins and herbal preparations and other biologically based products.
Research topics include:
- Studying the bio-behavioral effects of mind-body methods to manage the symptoms and side effects of cancer and its treatment.
- Examining the anti-cancer potential of natural animal and plant compounds such as dietary supplements, vitamins, and herbs.
- Exploring the effects of acupuncture on specific clinical symptoms in patients with cancer and common cancer treatment-related side effects including pain, xerostomia, peripheral neuropathy, and others.
- Examining the benefits of comprehensive integrative oncology — physical activity, nutrition, stress management, and social support — on health outcomes.
For a list of studies being conducted within the Integrative Medicine Program and across MD Anderson, please see Clinical Trials in Integrative Oncology.