What is Integrative Health?
- Massage, acupuncture, Chinese herbs, and other supportive modalities to help you cope better with your diagnosis, symptoms and side effects
- Tailored treatment plans that use a whole-person approach to symptom management
- Can be utilized at different stages of your cancer journey: at time of new diagnosis, pre- or post-surgery, during active chemotherapy or radiation treatment, or post-treatment for ongoing support
- Coordinated with your MD, NP, and other members of your cancer treatment team to ensure open communication, safety and effectiveness
- Available to registered patients of the Clinical Cancer Center and their caregivers
Acupuncture can be helpful for patients experiencing chemo-related hot flashes, pain management, radiation-related dry mouth and fatigue. Disposable, stainless steel needles that are slightly thicker than a human hair are inserted into the skin at strategic points to cause a change in the physical functions of the body.
Research suggests that massage therapy can help with symptom management and stress-reduction for clients coping with cancer. Oncology massage can be focused on a specific problem area, such as the hands and feet, or can address the whole body to promote comfort and relaxation. Most clients undergoing active cancer treatment will receive modified, light-touch massage in consultation with their physician.
Gentle Styles of Massage and Energetic Touch
Some of our massage therapists specialize in these gentle techniques, which are offered on a limited basis according to the individual therapist’s schedule.
CST is a gentle, hands-on method of touch therapy, which is performed with the client fully clothed. Using a soft touch generally no greater than 5 grams, or about the weight of a nickel, CST practitioners release restrictions in the membranes around the central nervous system to improve its functioning.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage
Performed by a massage therapist with advanced certification, this style of massage is designed to help prevent the buildup of fluid in the tissues of the body. The technique, which is light and rhythmic, assists the lymphatic system by helping return lymph fluid back into the circulatory system.
Reiki is a light touch, hands-on treatment that encourages the body to achieve mental, emotional, physical and spiritual balance.
Caring for someone with cancer is often stressful. We are here to help. Caregivers of registered Perlmutter Cancer Center patients are welcome to book massage therapy or acupuncture appointments with our practitioners. You can even schedule a treatment for yourself during your loved one’s chemotherapy infusion.
Seated Relaxation Sessions for Infusion Patients
15-minute sessions provided by NY State Licensed Massage Therapists include massage for shoulders, hands, or feet, available Monday—Friday at 34th Street and 38th Street Infusion Centers. Subject to medical clearance and therapist availability. These sessions are provided free of charge with philanthropic support from private donors and a number of grateful patients.
For more information on how to donate to this program, please visit the Perlmutter Cancer Center's "How You Can Help"  page or contact the Office of Development at 212-404-3517.
Yoga and other classes coming soon.
Please call us at 212-731-5806 if you would like to be added to our list so that we can notify you when classes start.
Availability and Pricing
The Integrative Health Program is for registered patients of the Perlmutter Cancer Center and their caregivers.
Our offices are located on the 4th floor of the 160 East 34th Street, to the left as you exit the elevator. Appointments are available Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Limited weekday evening appointments are also available.
All treatments must be paid for at the time of service, before the session. We accept cash, checks, major credit cards, and Flexible Spending Account cards.
Acupuncture and massage therapy for medical reasons are considered FSA-eligible expenses. We can assist you in obtaining a letter of medical necessity from your oncologist. Although most insurance plans do not cover these modalities, please check with your insurance company to see if your plan includes our services. If it does, we will provide you with all the necessary documentation to apply for reimbursement.
Please call 212-731-5806 for more information or to make an appointment.
Prices are subject to change.
Gary Brownlee, LMT
Rebecca Smith, LMT
Grazia Della Terza, LMT