The Katherine A. Gallagher Integrative Therapies Program offers free wellness services, such as acupuncture, yoga and music therapy, for patients with cancer and their loved ones.
Integrative Therapies and Nutrition for Symptom Management: A Webinar Series
This webinar series focuses on how integrative therapies and nutrition can improve specific cancer symptoms and treatment side effects. Learn techniques and strategies you can do at home to help you feel your best.
Learn acupressure techniques you can do at home as well as nutrition tips and suggested foods to ease nausea. Watch video.
Samantha Bateman MS, RDN, CSO, LDN (Clinical Dietitian), Meagan Currell, MS, RD, LDN (Clinical Dietitian), Mary Tricolli, RN, Lic. Ac., MAOM (Licensed Acupuncturist)
- Managing Nausea, Vomiting, and Poor Appetite (pdf)
- Treatment of Nausea with Complementary Medicine (pdf)
If you have trouble getting to sleep, staying asleep, or waking up, this workshop will teach you cognitive-behavioral strategies and acupressure techniques you can try at home to help improve your sleep. Watch video.
Daniel Hall, PhD (Staff psychologist, Massachusetts General Hospital and Assistant Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School); Irene Martyniuk, Lic.Ac. M Ac. (Licensed Acupuncturist and Co-Director of the Katherine A. Gallagher Integrative Therapies Program)
Fatigue is a common symptom experienced by many cancer patients and survivors and one that can significantly impact quality of life. In this webinar, we explore ways to combat fatigue including physical activity, nutrition, and the important role that music can play. Watch video.
Amy Comander, MD (Director of Breast Oncology and Survivorship, Mass General Cancer Center at Waltham and at Newton-Wellesley); Hannah Shefsky, MA, MT-BC (Board Certified Music Therapist)
In this webinar we discuss the causes of cancer-induced peripheral neuropathy and deconditioning, what is Cancer Rehabilitation, and things you can do at home to improve strength and balance. Watch video.
Loren Winters, ANP-BC (Oncology Nurse Practitioner, Yoga Teacher, and the Associate Director of Breast Cancer Survivorship at Mass General Cancer Center Waltham); Sasha Knowlton, MD (Assistant Director of Cancer Rehabilitation and Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, MGH/SRH/HMS)
Many cancer treatments cause changes in bowel movements and frequency. In this webinar you'll learn how to improve constipation and diarrhea with changes in your diet. Watch video.
Samantha Bateman MS, RDN, CSO, LDN (Clinical Dietitian); Meagan Currell, MS, RD, LDN (Clinical Dietitian)
Integrative Therapies for Supporting Cancer Treatment and Survivorship: A Webinar Series
These webinar series videos provide techniques and strategies you can do at home to help you feel your best.
Meditation can help ease your mind and lessen anxiety in just a few minutes a day. Learn the basics including mindful breathing and visualization/guided imagery for relaxation and healing. Watch video.
Elyse R. Park, PhD, MPH (Clinical Psychologist, Associate Director of Survivorship Research, and Director of Behavioral Research for the MGH Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine)
We provide a glimpse into the art and science of music therapy to increase relaxation and reduce stress during cancer treatment and survivorship. We feature experientials in both active and receptive music therapy techniques, as well as take-home strategies for self-care. Watch video.
Hannah Shefsky, MA, MT-BC (Board Certified Music Therapist) and Lorrie Kubicek, MT-BC (Board Certified
Why are numbness, tingling, and pain in the hands or feet a side effect of some cancer treatments? What are some self-care strategies you can try at home which can help alleviate symptoms? We demonstrate massage and acupressure techniques you can do at home to help relieve pain, stiffness, or loss of sensation in the hands and feet. Watch video. (Also available: Foot Message video)
Michael Keamy, CMT (Certified Massage Therapist) and Irene Martyniuk, Lic.Ac. M Ac. (Licensed Acupuncturist and Co-Director of the Katherine A. Gallagher Integrative Therapies Program)
How do you acknowledge and care for your body as it carries you through something as physical, emotional, and psychological as cancer diagnosis and treatment? Through self-care exercises, learn how body work and the power of touch can alleviate pain, tension, and muscle spasms. Watch video.
Lena Beste L.Ac. (Licensed Acupuncturist) and Karen Ingwersen RN, CMT (Registered Nurse and Certified Massage Therapist)
We provide an overview of acupuncture as an integrative therapy for managing symptoms such as hot flashes and insomnia (trouble sleeping). A Mass General Cancer Center patient shares how acupuncture has improved her symptoms and quality of life during treatment for breast cancer. Watch video.
Mary Tricolli, RN, Lic. Ac., MAOM (Licensed Acupuncturist) and Amy Comander, MD (Director of Breast Oncology and Survivorship at Mass General Cancer Center Waltham and Newton-Wellesley Hospital)
We explore the science of yoga related to cancer and the use of yoga to manage cancer-related symptoms and stress. We also offer a gentle yoga practice for relaxation. Watch video.
Loren Winters, ANP-BC (Oncology Nurse Practitioner, Yoga Teacher, and the Associate Director of Breast Cancer Survivorship at Mass General Cancer Center Waltham) and Luba Zagachin (Cancer Center Yoga Therapist)