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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:


  • “Living the Anticancer Life” 
    Integrative Medicine Program Director Lorenzo Cohen, Ph.D.
    presents the science, research and evidence-based recommendations on how to lower your risks of cancer and improve outcomes for those touched by cancer. 

    Enjoy hands-on activities from our integrative medicine practitioners.

    Event is free and open to the public.

    Date: Monday, 10/20/2014, 6 p.m.
    Location: Rotary House, 1600 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, 77030


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

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  • Our 10th Annual Integrative Oncology Training Conference for Acupuncturists, Massage Therapists and Yoga/Mind-Body Teachers,

    held in July 2014 at MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas, helped participants understand and address specific needs of cancer patients in their practice.

    Please check our Events page for upcoming conferences and workshops.

  • Fourth Monday of every month, 9:30-10:00 a.m. CT, 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 MD Anderson Integrative Medicine Program is a current member of the Society for Integrative Oncology.

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  • Become a Friend of Integrative Medicine today.
    Contact Kira Taniguchi at

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

11th International SIO Conference

“Personalized Integrative Oncology: 
Targeted Approaches for Optimal Outcomes.”
10.26.2014 - 10.28.2014
Houston, Texas, USA
Conference registration information

Post-conference opportunity:

Integrative Medicine Program Workshop
10.29.2014 at 
MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston

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. 

Lecture Series

"Obesity and Cancer:  Mechanistic Insights from Transdisciplinary Studies"

Stephen Hursting, Ph.D., 
Professor of Nutrition
Gillings School of Global Public Health
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC

October 21, 2014   Event flier.

 Lecture Series Library

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