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Integrative Health

Welcome to the Integrative Health SIG!

Lora Thompson, PhD, is an Associate Member in the Supportive Care Medicine Department at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute.  She is a licensed psychologist and has over 10 years of experience providing assessment and psychotherapy services to individuals diagnosed with cancer or cancer predispositions.  Dr. Thompson is the Director of Moffitt’s Integrative Medicine service, which offers a variety of services designed to improve individuals’ well-being including meditation, massage, yoga and acupuncture.

Rebecca Lehto, PhD, RN, FAAN, is an Associate Professor at Michigan State University College of Nursing.Her program of research focuses on mental health adaptation for patients with cancer. Currently she is co-investigator on a National Cancer Institute funded multi-site trial where her expertise was essential to developing the protocol for delivery of meditative practices for patients undergoing cancer treatment. She is also involved in interdisciplinary research evaluating a cybermeditation program for caregivers of hospice and palliative care patients at end of life.


To promote a forum where researchers and practitioners have opportunities for networking and gaining up-to-date state of the science knowledge on complementary and integrative therapies research and clinical applications in oncology care.


  • To promote collaboration among researchers and clinicians interested in integrative health for patients with cancer and their caregivers.
  • To identify and organize wellness activities for conference attendees.
  • To promote the use of evidence-based complementary and integrative health modalities in psychosocial oncology care.

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Integrative health is grounded in approaches that emphasize healing and wellness for the whole being. Thus it embraces a treatment philosophy that is bio-psycho-socio-spiritual in dimension.  Often utilized in combination with conventional Western medicine, alternative or complementary strategies may include acupuncture, massage, biofeedback, yoga, and stress reduction techniques, all aimed at promoting wellness of the whole person in the context of a supportive and effective provider-patient relationship.

For more information on complementary and alternative medicine, visit The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) website. NCCAM is a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) “dedicated to exploring complementary and alternative healing practices in the context of rigorous science; training complementary and alternative medicine researchers; and disseminating authoritative information to the public and professionals.”

Our SIG has several members who are at the forefront of testing complementary therapies as supportive care modalities for patients with cancer.  A selection of recently published research papers are listed below, and we encourage APOS members to utilize these resources.

Members Current Research:

Dr. Cecile Lengacher’s research:

  1. Lengacher, C.A, Reich, R.R., Post-White, Moscoso, M., Shelton, M.M., Barta, M., Le, N., Budhrani, P. (2011). Mindfulness based stress reduction in post-treatment breast cancer patients: An examination of symptoms and symptom clusters. J Behav Med. doi: 10.1007/s10865-011-9346.
  2. Lengacher, C.A., Kip, K.E., Barta, M., Post-White, J., Jacobsen, P.B., Groer, M., Lehman, B., Moscoso,  M.S., Kadel, R., Le, N., Loftus, L., Stevens, C., Malafa, M.P., Shelton, M.M. (2012). A pilot study evaluating the effect of MBSR on psychological Status, physical status, salivary cortisol and interleukin-6 among advanced stage cancer patients and their caregivers. Journal of Holistic Nursing,doi:10.1177/0898010111435949
  3. Lengacher, C.A. Shelton, M., Reich, R., Barta, M., Moscoso, MS, Johnson-Mallard, V., Moscoso, M.,Paterson, C. Ramesar, S., Budhrani, P., Carranza, I., Lucas, J., Jacobsen. P. B., Goodman, M. and Kip, K.E. (2012). Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR(BC)) in Breast Cancer: Evaluating Fear of recurrence (FOR) as a Mediator of Psychological and Physical Symptoms in a Randomized Control Trial(RCT). Journal of Behavioral Medicine. doi: 10.1007/s10865-012-9473-6.
  4. Lengacher, C.A, Reich, R., Kip, K, Barta, M., Ramesar, S., Paterson, C., Moscoso, M., Kim, S., Park, H., Jacobsen, P., Schell, M., & Park, J. (2014).  Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) as a catalyst of telomerase activity in women with breast cancer. Biological Research for Nursing.
  5. Lengacher, C. A., Reich, R. R., Paterson, C. L., Jim, H. S., Ramesar, S., Alinat, C. B., … & Kip, K. E. (2014). The effects of mindfulness‐based stress reduction on objective and subjective sleep parameters in women with breast cancer: a randomized controlled trial.PsychoOncology.

Dr. Gwen Wyatt’s research: 

  1. Wyatt G.K., Sikorskii, A., Rahbar, M.H., Victorson, D., You, M. (2012). Health-related quality of life outcomes: A reflexology trial with patients with advanced stage breast cancer. Oncology Nursing Forum, 39(6), 568-577.
  2. Zick, S.M., Wyatt, G.K., Murphy, S.L., Arnedt, J.T., Sen, A., Harris, R.H. (2012, online). Acupressure for Persistent Cancer-related Fatigue in Breast Cancer Survivors (AcuCrft): a study protocol for a randomized clinical trial. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
  3. Wyatt, G. K., Sikorskii, A., & You, M. (2012). Self-reported use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies while participating in a reflexology longitudinal randomized clinical trial (RCT). Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine