Complementary/Integrative Medicine

Complementary and integrative medicine includes a number of different modalities, including yoga, tai chi, massage, and qi gong. In addition, meditation and spirituality are often studied in this context.  Cancer survivors draw on many of these modalities to ease symptoms or to promote general wellness, but many questions about these approaches remain. In our work, we have focused on spirituality as a resource that survivors draw on as well as an outcome of dealing with issues of cancer and survivorship.  We have also conducted some preliminary studies of the efficacy of yoga for pediatric cancer survivors.


Park, C. L. (2013). Mind-body CAM interventions: Current status and considerations for integration into behavioral medicine. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 69, 45–63.


Park, C. L., Cho, D., & Wortmann, J. H. (2013). Yoga use in a sample of young adult cancer survivors. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 19, 77-82.


Hamilton AS, Miller MF, Arora NK, Bellizzi KM, & Rowland JH. (2013). Predictors of use of complementary and alternative medicine by non-Hodgkin Lymphoma survivors and relationship to quality of life. Integrative Cancer Therapies, 12, 225-235.


Miller MF, Bellizzi KM, Sufian M, Ambs A, Goldstein MS, Ballard-Barbash R. (2008). Dietary supplement use in an ethnically diverse population sample: a comparison of people living with cancer and those cancer-free. Journal of American Dietetic Association, 108, 483-494.