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Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 2E5

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What is the OICC?

The OICC is the first integrative cancer care and research centre of its kind in Eastern Canada. The Centre was established to provide the best in integrative cancer care, to improve the quality of life of those touched by this debilitating disease.


 

Employing an individualized whole-person care approach, we are here for cancer patients interested in receiving complementary support alongside conventional treatments and those seeking prevention of cancer or its recurrence. We work with patients, their families, and their oncologists, surgeons, and family doctors, to develop complementary, therapeutic programs that can help to optimize overall wellness.

Through our clinical practice, research and education, we strive to assess and reduce the possible causes of cancer while exploring innovative integrative treatment approaches.

The OICC is a not-for-profit regional centre of  the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, a registered charity providing education and research in naturopathic and complementary medicine since 1978.


Clinical Care

Our team of regulated health-care practitioners have training in naturopathic medicine, family therapy, physiotherapy, psychiatry, crisis management, nutrition, acupuncture, massage therapy, lymphedema and lymphatic drainage, exercise therapy and yoga. We work with our patients and their families to help decrease the side effects of cancer treatment; improve energy, well-being and overall quality of life; balance the body’s immune system; support the mind, body and spirit in the healing process; and provide strategies for cancer prevention and health maintenance. Subsidized care is available for patients who cannot afford costs not covered by insurance or OHIP, through our Whole-Person Cancer Care Regardless of Income program.


Research

The OICC is committed to building the evidence base in the emerging field of integrative oncology through high-impact research. Forging new frontiers, the OICC is developing a collaborative network to advance research and treatment efforts. The Centre aims to be a hub for both the conduct and teaching of innovative, ethical research into complementary approaches.


Education

The OICC is driven to educate and empower people with cancer, or those attempting to prevent cancer, on how best to take control of their own health. Patients are encouraged to take an active role in their healing process through the adoption of self-care practices that support their body, mind and spirit. For instance, they learn about the role of nutrition, enabling them to make wise food choices that may hinder rather than promote cancer growth. By working with partners the OICC actively engages in patient, community, association and institutional education, through year-round workshops, seminars and online learning.

Voices of Support

“For far too long, disciplines have worked in isolation without communication and our patients have often felt caught between differing therapeutic philosophies, often to their detriment. This is a wonderful initiative. An integrative program will help provide a much needed bridge.”

Shailendra Verma, MD, FRCPC, FACP (chair)
Medical Oncologist, The Ottawa Hospital 


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