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Cancer Treatment Centers of America
integrative care
integrative care

Cancer isn't easy.
Integrative care can help.


What is integrative care?

“Many patients underestimate how dramatically cancer can affect them, physically and emotionally. An integrative approach to cancer care treats the disease with surgery, chemotherapy and other tools, while also supporting patients’ strength, stamina and quality of life with evidence-informed therapies.”

Dr. Stacie Stephenson
CTCA Chair of Functional Medicine


To help patients reduce treatment delays or interruptions and
get the most out of life.

Did you know?

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Up to 80% of adults living with cancer are malnourished.

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65% of patients take a natural supplement during treatment.

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1 in 3 cancer patients continues to experience pain after treatment.

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At diagnosis, 1 in 2 patients has some form of nutritional deficit.

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At least 7 in 10 cancer patients undergoing treatment experience fatigue.

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Fewer than 1 in 5 patients receives spiritual support from a doctor.

How integrative care can help you

Integrative care has two layers. First, conventional treatments attack the disease itself. At the same time, evidence-informed therapies help combat cancer-related side effects. The two together, conventional cancer treatments and supportive therapies, delivered simultaneously by a collaborative team of clinicians—that’s integrative cancer care.

Conventional Treatments

Conventional anti-cancer
treatments to attack the disease


Supportive Therapies

Evidence-informed supportive therapies to combat
cancer-related side effects


Integrative Care

Delivered simultaneously by a collaborative
team of clinicians

Conventional Treatments

  • Chemotherapy
  • Genomic testing
  • Hormone therapy
  • Immunotherapy
  • Radiation therapy
  • Surgical oncology
  • Chemotherapy

    Chemotherapy uses anti-cancer drugs in an effort to slow or stop rapidly dividing cancer cells from growing. It may be delivered by mouth as a pill or liquid, by IV infusion in a vein, as a cream applied on the surface of the skin, as an injection or through a lumbar puncture or device placed under the scalp.

    Chemotherapy treatments are used against a number of cancer types, either as a primary treatment to destroy cancer cells; in combination with other treatments to stop cancer cell growth; before another treatment to shrink a tumor; after another treatment to destroy remaining cancer cells; or to relieve the symptoms of advanced cancer.

  • Genomic testing

    Cancers are as different as the people diagnosed with them, driven according to the DNA encoded in their cells. Genomic testing examines tumors at the cellular level, identifying the molecular abnormalities that are dictating how they grow and behave. This allows oncologists a better understanding of the complexities of each patient’s cancer. It may also help them identify cancer treatment therapies that have been used to target changes in the genomic profile of similar tumors. Often called precision cancer treatment, genomic testing is the standard of care for a number of cancers. But advanced genomic testing, which take the assessments a step further, are only recommended to patients in certain circumstances.

  • Hormone therapy

    Hormones are chemical messengers produced in endocrine glands such as the thyroid, pancreas, the ovaries in women and testicles in men. For some cancers, such as breast and prostate, hormones may encourage cancer cell growth. But they can also kill other types of cancer cells, or slow or stop them from growing. Hormone therapy, a systemic therapeutic approach, targets the body’s hormones—by adding, blocking or removing them from the body—in an attempt to slow or stop cancer cell growth. This form of treatment often involves medications designed to starve cancer cells of the hormones they need to grow. Or it may involve the surgical removal of glands that produce hormones.

  • Immunotherapy

    Sometimes, cancer forms when the immune system breaks down or malfunctions. Also called biological therapy or biotherapy, immunotherapy uses the body’s own immune system to fight cancer, either by stimulating the immune system to attack cancer cells or providing it with antibodies or other tools to combat it. Monoclonal antibodies, for example, are manmade versions of immune system proteins that can be designed to attack a specific part of a cancer cell. Cancer vaccines, on the other hand, are designed to trigger the immune system to counteract certain cancer cells. Non-specific immunotherapies stimulate the immune system to increase a certain activity that discourages cancer cell population or growth.

  • Radiation therapy

    Radiation therapy uses targeted energy, such as with X-rays or radioactive substances, to destroy cancer cells, shrink tumors and alleviate cancer-related side effects. A number of radiation therapy methods are used against a broad range of cancer types. External beam radiation therapy, for example, directs radiation from a machine outside the body to cancer cells within the body. Internal radiation therapy places radioactive material, through a catheter or other device, directly into or near a tumor. With systemic radiation therapy, a radioactive substance is swallowed or injected, then travels through the blood to locate and destroy cancer cells. Radiation therapy can be used as a primary or secondary treatment, or in combination with other treatments.

  • Surgical oncology

    Surgical oncology is a vast anti-cancer treatment field consisting of many platforms, devices and technologies. Surgery is the oldest form of cancer treatment and is also used to diagnose and stage cancer, and to manage a number of cancer-related symptoms. In terms of extracting tumors, for example, surgery may range from a lumpectomy to amputation or organ removal. Surgery may also be used as a diagnostic tool—through a biopsy, for example. And it can be used to reconstruct the body, such as after a mastectomy. For many patients, surgery is combined with other treatments, such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy, which are used either pre- or post-operatively.


Supportive Therapies



  • Anxiety/Stress
  • Balance
  • Body image
  • Depression
  • Digestive issues
  • Dry mouth
  • Eating difficulties
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Hot flashes
  • Immobility
  • Insomnia
  • Intimacy/Relationship challenges
  • Loss of appetite
  • Lymphedema
  • Malnutrition
  • Memory/Cognition
  • Mucositis
  • Nausea/Vomiting
  • Numbness
  • Pain
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Radiation burns
  • Weight loss
  • Taste/smell deficiencies
  • Acupuncture
  • Chiropractic care
  • Mind-body medicine
  • Naturopathic medicine
  • Nutrition therapy
  • Oncology rehabilitation
  • Pain management
  • Spiritual support

This information is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to making decisions about your treatment.

What makes CTCA different?

At Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), integrative care is at the heart of what we do. We provide personalized, state-of-the-art cancer care in a welcoming environment, so you and your family can focus on healing. At CTCA®, you’ll receive continuous care from a dedicated team of cancer experts, including oncologists, surgeons and other clinicians
—all under one roof.

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All under one roof

Each of our five hospitals provides diagnostic testing, treatments and supportive therapies in one location, delivering care that is as efficient and convenient as possible.

Team approach

Each CTCA patient has a dedicated team of cancer experts assigned to his or her care. Each member of the care team meets individually with the patient, and collaborates regularly with one another, to design an individualized plan, monitor patient progress and make adjustments when necessary.

Clinical expertise

At CTCA, our oncologists, nurses, clinicians and other cancer experts are highly trained, educated and experienced in treating cancer at any stage. Cancer care is all they do.


Support for you and your family

Cancer impacts everyone involved. Our support programs are designed for patients and caregivers alike, offering tips, tools and resources to help you and your loved ones throughout the cancer care journey.


No two cancer patients, and no two cancers, are exactly the same. At CTCA, every patient’s care plan—from treating the cancer to managing related side effects—is designed to meet his or her specific needs.

Advanced Technology

Our state-of-the-art hospitals use leading-edge technologies, advanced diagnostics such as genomic testing and cutting-edge treatments to diagnose, stage and aggressively treat cancer.