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Integrative Oncology

Integrative oncology incorporates individual therapies such as massage and group programs such as yoga and meditation. Research shows that when these modalities are used alongside traditional cancer care, they can help ease cancer-related symptoms, improve quality of life and lower anxiety associated with treatment.

We encourage our patients and their caregivers to take advantage of our integrative oncology resources, as well as others in the community. Be sure to speak with your oncologist before beginning any new activity.

At Wilmot Cancer Institute, Integrative Oncology resources include:

These resources are generally available at no charge; some restrictions to participation may apply.

Massage therapy

Massage therapy can provide both physical and emotional benefits for individuals undergoing treatment for cancer. Like traditional massage, it can help with stress and relaxation, but it can also help with specific issues such as relieving the anxiety, pain and nausea that can come with cancer treatment.

Services are available to patients and caregivers at some of Wilmot Cancer Institute’s locations. Our licensed massage therapists are trained in oncology massage and are credentialed through UR Medicine.  Massage services are customized, taking into consideration the patient’s diagnosis, side effects, treatment regimen, and preferences. 

Wilmot Cancer Center: Massage therapy services are available by appointment and include chair massage as well as table massage. Days and times vary. To schedule an appointment, contact the Wilmot Cancer Center Information Desk at (585) 276-4481. If you have question about the program, please contact Judy Zeeman-Golden, Integrative Oncology Coordinator, at (585) 287-3279 or Judy_Zeeman-Golden@urmc.rochester.edu

Pluta Cancer Center: Free gentle, restorative table massage is available by appointment on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays to Pluta Cancer Center patients who are currently in treatment. Hours vary. To schedule an appointment, please call (585) 486-0600. If you have questions about massage therapy at Pluta, contact Lauren O'Neill, LMT, at lauren_oneill@urmc.rochester.edu.

Sands Cancer Center: Free gentle, restorative table massage is available by appointment for Sands Cancer Center patients who are in treatment. Days and times vary. To schedule an appointment, contact Deb Weipert at (585) 396-6780. The massage therapy services at Sands Cancer Center are made possible by the Margery Coughlin Pawluk Cancer Patient Needs Fund.

Gynecology Oncology Associates: Free gentle, restorative table massage is available by appointment on Wednesday afternoons for Gynecologic Oncology patients in treatment. To schedule an appointment, please call (585) 442-8020.

Gentle Yoga

yoga classYoga can be a valuable tool — changing and growing with you on your cancer journey, helping you find wellness. Yoga strengthens your body, increases your range of motion, flexibility and balance. It has also been known to strengthen your immune system, improve sleep and enhance your sense of control and empowerment. Our Gentle Yoga class allows you to explore and move at your own pace in a safe and nurturing environment.

The class meets from 1-2:15 p.m. every Thursday at Pluta Cancer Center. For more information, or to register, contact Judy Zeeman-Golden, Integrative Oncology Coordinator, at (585) 287-3279 or Judy_Zeeman-Golden@urmc.rochester.edu.

Healing Qigong

Practicing qigong has been proven to improve mood, sleep quality and anxiety, as well as enhance the functioning of the immune system. Qigong can also help with balance, stiffness, and mild to moderate pain. Open to all Wilmot Cancer Institute patients and caregivers, the classes are structured for beginners and to accommodate those with physical limitations.

The class meets Mondays and Fridays at 1:30 p.m. (except holidays) at Gilda’s Club, 255 Alexander St., Rochester. Register by contacting Gilda’s Club at (585) 423-9700. For more information, contact Judy Zeeman-Golden, Integrative Oncology Coordinator, at (585) 287-3279 or Judy_Zeeman-Golden@urmc.rochester.edu.

Integrative Health & Wellness Series

Presented in collaboration with Gilda’s Club Rochester, this quarterly series features experts in different types of complementary therapies and strategies for improving wellness during and after cancer treatment.

Open to patients and caregivers, this series is presented from 5:30-7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month in March, June, October and January at Gilda’s Club, 255 Alexander St., Rochester. To register or to learn more, call (585) 423-9700 or email info@gildasclubrochester.org.