The Human Side of Medicine Inspiring Wellness

Welcome to the Department of Integrative Medicine and Cancer Support Community at Orlando Health. We believe that conventional western medicine is the best approach to combat cancer and other diseases, but there are complementary paths to aid healing by treating the whole person in a cohesive balance of mind, body, and spirit. The Integrative Medicine Program engages patients and their families to become active participants in improving their physical, emotional, and social health. The ultimate goals are to optimize quality of life, overall health, and clinical outcomes through personalized evidence-based complementary approaches and research based education. As part of this initiative to treat the whole person, we are pleased to announce that we have become an official affiliate of the Cancer Support Community.

Cancer Support Community 

The Cancer Support Community is an international non-profit dedicated to providing support, education, and hope to people affected by cancer for over 30 years. In July 2009, The Wellness Community and Gilda’s Club Worldwide joined forces to become the Cancer Support Community. The Wellness Community was founded by Dr. Harold Benjamin in Santa Monica, California in 1982. Gilda Radner, famous for her work in the original Saturday Night Live cast, was a participant at The Wellness Community. The first Gilda’s Club opened in New York City in 1995 in her memory by her friends and family including her husband, actor Gene Wilder, and her therapist Joanne Bull. The Cancer Support Community offers a network of personalized services and education at no charge for all people affected by cancer through an affiliate network.

Orlando Health provides this program for all people impacted by cancer in the Central Florida area. The mission of the Cancer Support Community perfectly complements that of Orlando Health: to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community. The program addresses the social and emotional health of people at any age along the cancer continuum, including at diagnosis, treatment, post-treatment, long-term survivorship, end-of-life and bereavement to ensure no one has to face cancer alone. Novel technologies, including mobile, are also being explored to help extend the reach of these meaningful resources.

Contact the Cancer Support Community 

For more information or questions, please call 321.841.5056 or email [email protected].

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Integrative Medicine Services

At Orlando Health research-supported complementary approaches to symptom and distress management are available to patients who would like to try them or who have already benefitted from them in the past. These approaches are generally not reimbursable by insurance. For a full listing of currently available approaches and prices please call the Department of Integrative Medicine at 321.841.5056.

  • Acupuncture is a technique in which practitioners stimulate specific points on the body – most often by inserting thin needles through the skin.
  • Oncology massage therapy includes many different techniques in which practitioners manually manipulate the soft tissues of the body.
  • Most meditation techniques, such as mindfulness meditation or transcendental meditation, involve ways in which a person learns to focus attention.
  • Relaxation techniques, such as breathing exercises, guided imagery, and progressive muscle relaxation, are designed to produce the body's natural relaxation response.
  • Tai chi and qi gong are practices from traditional Chinese medicine that combine specific movements or postures, coordinated breathing, and mental focus.
  • The various styles of yoga used for health purposes typically combine physical postures or movement, breathing techniques, and meditation.
  • Other examples of mind and body practices include healing touch and hypnotherapy.

Arts in Medicine

  • On the 5th floor of the Cancer Center (Charles Lewis Pavilion) and through the Cancer Support Community, we offer an Artist in Residence program that allows patients receiving infusion therapy to paint in their room or join a class to engage in art therapy.
  • This program is offered in collaboration with Baker Barrios Architects and the Orlando Health Foundation.

High Tea

  • Once a week at the Cancer Center, British tea is poured into elegant bone china cups to provide respite from the daily pace of life in a soothing space. High tea is served every Thursday from 2:00 to 3:00 pm in the 5th Floor Day Room in the Charles Lewis Pavilion.

The Labyrinth

  • Modeled after the labyrinth at Chartres Cathedral near Paris, France, the labyrinth is located on the 4th Floor of Charles Lewis Pavilion. We were the 2nd hospital in the country to begin offering a labyrinth for its patient/families, staff and local community. The labyrinth is an ancient healing tool used as a walking meditation or embodied prayer. Ninety-eight percent of walkers report feeling more peaceful after walking this simple path.

Walking the labyrinth can have a calming and restorative effect on blood pressure and stress levels.

 The labyrinth is available to walk weekdays from 7 am to 6 pm.

Contact the Department of Integrative Medicine

If you would like more information, please call 321.841.5056.

To schedule an appointment for acupuncture or oncology massage, please call 321.841.5056 or email [email protected]