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Integrative Medicine Program

The Integrative Medicine Program engages patients and their families to become active participants in improving their physical, psycho-spiritual and social health. The ultimate goals are to optimize health, quality of life and clinical outcomes through personalized evidence-based clinical care, exceptional research and education.

We provide access to multiple data bases of authoritative, up to date reviews on the evidence and safety for the use of herbs, supplements, vitamins, and minerals, as well as other complementary medicine modalities.

To support our efforts in clinical care, research, education and training please consider a donation.

If you are interested in our clinical services and free group classes please visit our Integrative Medicine Center.



Our research focuses on reducing the negative consequences of cancer diagnosis and treatment through studying the use of modalities such as acupuncture, meditation and yoga to treat side effects and improve quality of life. We study the use of plants and other natural compounds to treat cancer and cancer-related symptoms. We also examine the benefits of physical activity, nutrition, stress management and social support on health outcomes.


The goal of the education is to provide authoritative, evidence-based information for health care professionals, caregivers and patients who would like to safely incorporate complementary medicine therapies with conventional cancer care. Our Integrative Medicine Program offers educational activities and trainings, such as a monthly Lecture Series , Research Club, Journal Club, Integrative Oncology Education Series, conferences and workshops.

Clinical Care

The Integrative Medicine Center offers professional guidance to assist patients regarding their personalized, comprehensive treatments. The Center provides services and programs that work together with conventional cancer care and focus on physical, mind-spirit, and social health.

Please visit our "Audio & Video" library online.

Group classes calendar is featured in the Newsletter.

Clinical Services:


  • Friends of Integrative Medicine exists to raise awareness within MD Anderson and the larger Houston community of the important role of integrative medicine in cancer prevention and in helping those with cancer live better and longer.

    Become a member today for access to lectures and exclusive, member-only events. 

    Contact Kira Taniguchi for more information.

  • Recent event:

    "Stress and Cancer: From Science to Personal Perspective"

    Our special guest Sonia Lupien, Ph.D. from Montreal, Canada, discussed the science behind stress, our biology, and illness. She also provided practical tips to cope with stress.

    All FIM events are free and open to the public.

    We also provide free parking space.

  • Fourth Monday of every month, 9:30-10:00 a.m. CST, 
    Lorenzo Cohen, Ph.D. and his wife Alison Jefferies host a radio show: 

    Living the Anticancer Life™. 

    Listen live on KPFT Houston 90.1 FM or access the archive.

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  • The 11th International Conference of the Society for Integrative Oncology was held in Houston TX

    For information about materials from the conference please contact SIO .

    Check our Events page for upcoming conferences and workshops.

  • The MD Anderson Integrative Medicine Program is a current member of:


  • Roshi Joan Halifax, Ph.D., from Upaya Zen Center in New Mexico, came to MD Anderson to speak about compassion and healthcare. 

    "Compassion: The Heart of Healthcare"

    December 17, 2013

Lecture Series


Sriram Yennu, M.D., Associate Professor, Palliative Care & Rehabilitation Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

"Role of Panax Ginseng in the management of Cancer Related Fatigue"

April 21, 2015

 Lecture Series Video Library

Integrative Medicine Program Overview 2015

Newsletter/Group Classes Calendar


Inside Integrative Medicine is a free monthly newsletter with the latest news on complementary therapies, research and a monthly activities calendar for the Integrative Medicine Center. 

Servan-Schreiber/Cohen Anticancer Fund

Be part of supporting a landmark study that may transform medical care by demonstrating that comprehensive lifestyle change can dramatically improve cancer outcomes.

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FIM Evening Events

"Spices and Health"

Lecture and Book Signing

Featuring: Bharat Aggarwal, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Experimental Therapeutics, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Monday, April 20, 2015
6–7:30 pm

See flier for details.

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