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Cancer Center

Holistic Cancer Care Program

If you or a family member have been diagnosed with cancer and are looking for holistic therapies to integrate into your treatment plan, look no further than the Cancer Center at Tufts Medical Center in downtown Boston. 

Here at the Cancer Center, we understand that coping with a cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatments can be difficult. That's why we've partnered with the New England School of Acupuncture and Donaldson Charitable Trust to offer free integrative and alternative therapies to our patients. 

Each week, we bring in clinicians who teach at the New England School of Acupuncture who have extensive clinical experience in treating patients with complex health conditions. These clinicians are experts in working with your body's energy to resolve issues you may be having during treatment. Their key focus is keeping you well.

Services offered at Tufts Medical Center include:


Acupuncture is an Asian medical technique developed over 3,000 years ago in China and used to diagnose and treat diseases, prevent illness and improve a sense of well-being. Today, it is used by millions of people in the United States for a variety of conditions, including cancer. Treatments may help manage side effects of your medications as well as ease other issues like pain, nausea, fatigue, insomnia, immune deficiencies and neuropathy.

What to expect
The licensed acupuncturist will ask you questions about your particular condition in order to determine the best possible treatment for you. During each acupuncture session, the licensed acupuncturist will gently insert thin, sterile, disposable needles into points of your skin to treat your specific symptoms. The insertion of the needles stimulates the body's natural energy, enhancing the body's self-healing process and restoring balance. Most people find treatments to be deeply relaxing and restorative. 

Research has shown that acupuncture can reduce nausea and vomiting after surgery and/or chemotherapy and relieve pain.

Asian Bodywork Therapy/ Chinese Massage Therapy

Asian bodywork is a traditional Chinese style of massage therapy. Using gentle thumb/palm pressure and passive stretches, this therapy assists your body in balancing its energetic system. Like acupuncture, it may help in managing treatment side effects such as pain, nausea, fatigue and insomnia and helps promote relaxation.

What to expect
The therapist will ask you questions about your condition in order to determine the best possible treatment for you. Using gentle pressure and stretches the therapist will enhance the body's self-healing processes and promote balance. Most people find treatments to be deeply relaxing and restorative. You will remain fully dressed during treatment.

By integrating these complementary services into your traditional cancer treatments, the Cancer Center team at Tufts Medical Center can help you cope with your symptoms so that you can focus on you fight against this disease.

Call Us: 617-636-6227