Our Story

Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre

The Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre (OICC) is changing how people are living with cancer.

Whether undergoing hospital-based treatment, following discharge, or long term to reduce recurrence risk and the impact of side effects, practitioners at the OICC have always strived to support each individual with what is most pressing for them to improve their quality of life, and achieve the best possible health outcomes.

Founded in 2011 by Dr. Dugald Seely, ND, the Executive Director of Research & Clinical Epidemiology for the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM), the OICC is a not-for-profit, regional centre of CCNM.

The interdisciplinary and highly experienced team at the OICC are providing whole-person integrative care to people living with cancer, their family and those wishing to prevent cancer. In addition, the research team at the OICC is conducting innovative research in the realm of integrative oncology.

The first integrative cancer care and research centre in Central and Eastern Canada, the OICC has been awarded the two largest-ever integrative cancer care research grants in North America.

Alongside his role of Executive Director for the OICC, Dugald Seely leads research & clinical epidemiology at CCNM, is an Adjunct Professor with the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa, and is an Affiliate Investigator with the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI).

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Dugald Seely also serves as the President of the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians (OncANP).

In 2017, Dr. Seely, ND was the recipient of the Dr. Rogers Prize for excellence in Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

Clinical Care

Our team of health-care practitioners have training in naturopathic medicine, integrative medical care, acupuncture and TCM, nutrition, IV therapy, physiotherapy, massage therapy, lymphedema and lymphatic drainage, exercise therapy and yoga, psychotherapy and hypnosis.

Research

Our team 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 innovative, ethical research into complementary approaches.

Education

We are 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.