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How is the OICC Different?

The OICC is the first integrative oncology and research centre of its kind in Central and Eastern Canada.  The OICC actively collaborates with other health professionals and acts as a catalyst for advancing the integration of naturopathic and complementary medicines within the traditional cancer care model.


Why is integrative oncology so important? Well over half of all cancer patients today embrace complementary therapies alongside conventional treatments during their cancer journey and this proportion is growing. Often patients do not communicate their complementary care choices with conventional oncologists. A common concern among oncologists is the potential for complementary medicine to interfere with conventional therapies such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

Clinical care at the OICC includes the use of safe natural therapies at doses and times that will not negatively impact on chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or surgery. Rather, these therapies will support the patient’s own inherent healing ability and help the body cope with the toxicity and side effects associated with conventional therapy. The provision of complementary therapies in an evidence-based manner, supporting conventional medicine, is both desired by patients and is much needed in the cancer community.

The OICC is committed to working with patients, their families, and their health-care providers (including oncologists and surgeons), to provide complementary therapeutic programs that do not interfere with standard treatments but instead, help to optimize the overall treatment process providing greater likelihood for clinical benefit through a truly integrative approach.

Voices of Support

“For far too long, disciplines have worked in isolation without communication and our patients have often felt caught between differing therapeutic philosophies, often to their detriment. This is a wonderful initiative. An integrative program will help provide a much needed bridge.”

Shailendra Verma, MD, FRCPC, FACP (chair)
Medical Oncologist, The Ottawa Hospital 

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