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Integrative oncology treats body, mind, spirit

Riverside Health System has been using integrative measures for years in its oncology department to encompass total care for cancer patients.

According to Dr. Magi Magdi Khalil, oncologist at Riverside Peninsula Cancer Institute and Infusion Center in Gloucester, integrative approaches to cancer treatment is all about “treating the whole person.”

This means that cancer treatment extends beyond treatment for the disease by also focusing on the body, mind and spirit of the patient. Integrative practices are tailored to individuals.

In fact, integrative care has become a growing component of the cancer care program which is offered at no cost.

Dr. Mark Ellis founded this program in 2005, a Riverside oncologist and cancer survivor himself. He brought both experiences as a doctor and patient to create this program with evidence-based complementary therapies combined with leading-edge cancer treatment.

The integrative medicine team is made up of certified oncology nurses, cer...

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