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BY Heather Alexander

Meditation used to be a fringe practice, but now it’s regularly recommended by health care providers to help with symptoms ranging from stress and sleep disorders, to cancer treatment and its side effects like fatigue.

“Almost every single patient that I talk to has heard of, or has tried, meditation,” says Smitha Mallaiah, a senior mind-body intervention specialist in MD Anderson’s Integrative Medicine Center. “That’s a huge cultural...

Smitha Mallaiah, MD Anderson Senior Mind/Body Intervention Specialist, is shown meditating outdoors with trees behind..

BY Heather Alexander

Acupressure is an ancient practice from traditional Chinese medicine. It can seem mysterious because the theory is based on pressure points...

BY Ronda Wendler

Pam Blaine was on top of the world. She’d just graduated with a master’s degree in arts administration and landed a new job with the Utah...

BY Heather Alexander

In some parts of the world, mushroom extracts are often used by patients for their medicinal benefits. They’re packed with vitamin D, which is essential for the immune system.

And their benefits may not stop there. In Japan and China, certain mushrooms are routinely used to complement cancer treatments.

“These mushrooms have been around for hundreds of years,” says Santhosshi Narayanan, M.D., a physician in MD Anderson’s...

Dried Shitake mushrooms in a basket

BY Molly Adams

From vitamin A to calcium to folate to zinc, there are dozens of types of supplements. And if you’re undergoing cancer treatment, you may...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

If you were told that there was a way to have surgery painlessly without general anesthesia, would you try it? Breast cancer survivor Kelly...

BY Kellie Bramlet

From the gardens to the skybridge to our leading doctors and kind volunteers, there are many things that set MD Anderson apart and help our...

BY Jila Tanha

This is a continuation of yesterday's post on how pre-surgery visualization helped me.

Telling my surgical team about visualization...

BY Jila Tanha

In July 2010, I was diagnosed with a serious disease that required three major surgeries over the course of a year-and-a-half.

Because...

BY Alex De Alvarado and Lorenzo Cohen, Ph.D.

If you're a patient with cancer, most likely you've experienced fatigue -- and you're not alone. Fatigue is one of the most common cancer-related...