Integrative services can be found in the community

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We've had a handful of responses to our recent feature on integrative therapies, including opponents who insist that integrative oncology is "sham science" and proponents who want to make integrative techniques more widely available.

Olivia Lawrence, an enthusiastic proponent, is responsible for community outreach at Cornucopia Cancer Support Center, based on Durham, N.C. She wrote to tell us that comprehensive cancer centers, such as the ones we referenced in our story, are not the only organizations offering integrative services. Cornucopia, like other nonprofit organizations throughout the country, offers integrative therapies free of charge to patients, survivors and caregivers.

She says because Cornucopia is a non-clinical support center, it offers an environment that many participants prefer to a hospital setting--one that better facilitates peer-to-peer support. She emphasizes that Cornucopia's providers have the necessary licenses and certifications, and all are trained in how to work with patients who have particular treatment challenges.

Cornucopia has identified 89 nonprofit cancer support organizations that provide no- or low-cost integrative services. The organization also offers an extensive list of online resources. If you would like to know whether a support organization offers integrative services in your area, check here for more information.

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