Alberta Complementary Therapy and Integrative Oncology Centre
University of Calgary
The mission of the ACTION Centre is to promote and facilitate evidence-based integrative oncology care throughout Alberta and beyond through patient and healthcare provider education, clinical service, research and training.
Integrative Oncology (IO),as defined by the Society for Integrative Oncology (www.integrativeonc.org) is “a patient-centered, evidence-informed field of cancer care that utilizes mind and body practices, natural products, and/or lifestyle modifications from different traditions alongside conventional cancer treatments.
Integrative oncology aims to optimize health, quality of life, and clinical outcomes across the cancer care continuum and to empower people to prevent cancer and become active participants before, during, and beyond cancer treatment
IO includes interdisciplinary care blended throughout cancer care as necessary for each person, employing a collaborative team approach which is patient-centered. Treatments are devised through a partnership between the patient and a range of practitioners, meant to promote health and wellness, prevention of disease and to bring out the innate healing capacity in each person.