Resources and Links
Safety Note: It is important to note that natural does not necessarily mean safe. Some examples include Biologic/Organic/Pharmacological Therapies. All products should be taken with caution. Possible interactions can occur with supplements and chemotherapy or radiation, sometimes making cancer treatments less effective.
Medicine Plus Information on Complementary & Alternative Medicine
Medicine Plus Information on Herbs & Supplements
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
One of the nation’s leaders in integrative medicine. Click on "Herbs, Botanicals, and Other Products" on the left side of the page to search many supplements.
National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Pretty Darn Quick (PDQ)
NCI's PDQ, a comprehensive cancer information database, contains peer-reviewed summaries of the latest information about the use of CAM in the treatment of cancer. Each summary contains background information about the specific treatment, a brief history of its development, information about relevant research studies, and a glossary of scientific and medical terms.
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)
NCCAM is dedicated to exploring complementary and alternative healing practices in the context of rigorous science, training complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) researchers, and disseminating authoritative information to the public and professionals. Four main areas of focus are research, research training and career development, outreach, and integration to health care professionals and patients.
The Office of Cancer and Alternative Medicine (OCCAM)
A branch of The National Cancer Institute (NCI), this office coordinates the activities of the NCI in the area of complementary and alternative medicine. OCCAM supports CAM cancer research and provides information about cancer-related CAM to health providers and the general public.
The University of Texas, M. D. Anderson Cancer Center Complementary/Integrative Medicine Educational Resources (CIMER)
One of the Nation's leaders in Integrative Medicine Research. You will find links to information regarding supplements, treatments, research, services, and much more.
Thinking About Complementary and Alternative Medicine
NCI’s patient handout entitled. Available also in hard copy by calling 1-800-4-CANCER, or on the web at http://www.cancer.gov click on "NCI Publications" on the left hand side of the screen.
Informed Consumer Tips for Supplement and Internet Use
The FDA’s website on evaluating dietary supplements and making informed decisions. Includes tips on searching the web to investigate a particular product. Very user friendly.
Tests supplements for quality and allows companies to bear seal of approval if quality measures are met.
Nutrition Information and Services
American Institute for Cancer Research Nutrition Hotline Online
The American Insitute for Cancer Research has an extensive section regarding nutrition and cancer. Find information on specific foods that have been shown to reduce cancer risk, along with recipes, weight loss information and specific ways to improve the quality of your diet. This is a great site to look at when you are feeling well and ready to make a plan for healthy eating.
Caring for Cancer
This is a very useful site with reliable nutrition information. There are tips on how you can alter your diet to deal with diarrhea, nausea, fatigue and other conditions that can occur during cancer treatment. Under the section on diarrhea, you will find recipes for homemade Gatorade, rice congee soup and clove tea. This site also offers recipes for both low and high calorie foods, depending on your needs.
Mayo clinic answers your questions about nutrition topics such as what fats to include in your diet, using food guide pyramids, and cutting back on sodium as well as a calorie calculator and recipes.
Look to this site to get inspired to make some old favorites in a new healthy way. Nutrition information provided with every recipe. The website and magazine are full of great nutrition information as well as simple ways to get exercise into your routine.
Environmental Working Group
Wondering about which fruits and vegetables to buy organic? “The Dirty Dozen” is a list of the top 12 fruits and vegetables which have been found to have the highest pesticide residues. There is another list called the “Clean 15” which shows the 15 fruits and vegetables with the lowest amount of residue. Remember, fresh and local is always best in terms of nutritional value. If you have concerns, just ask the farmer. Many small farms may not have the USDA Organic label, but may be using organic methods just the same.
Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch
Do you want to include seafood in your diet but are concerned about PCBs and the environmental consequences of over-fishing? Go to the Monterey Bay Aquarium site and download their pocket guide to making the best seafood choices for you and the oceans.
Local Support Services: Groups, Classes, Events and More
Cancer Blog (Providence Regional Cancer System)
We've created this resource for you as a place to connect with our physicians, staff and other people going through similar situations. We hope you'll join the conversation by using our patient forums or commenting on our blog. (Be sure to subscribe so you never miss a post!)
This Seattle based organization provides emotional support, resources, educational classes and exercise programs designed to support people in all stages of the cancer process. See the website for more information. The 24 hour lifeline number is 800-255-5505 or 206-297-2500
Harmony Hill is a wellness center located in Union, WA on picturesque Hood Canal. The Heart and Soul of Harmony Hill is their Cancer Programs. These three or one day programs offer tools for coping with a cancer diagnosis, good nutrition, and gentle exercise, all at no cost to the participant and a support person. View a video from the homepage.
Living With and Beyond Cancer: An Evening of Resources, Support and Connection
Cancer can take a physical toll on your body. It can also shake up your emotions, spiritual beliefs, relationships and finances. We invite you to a free information session to help you cope with the many aspects of cancer.
Look Good, Feel Better
When: 2nd Tuesday of each month, 1:30-3 p.m.
Where: Providence Regional Cancer Center-Lacey, Third Avenue, Lacey
Description: Consultation on self-image, cosmetics and hair/wig/turban options. Sponsored by the American Cancer Society
For information: Call 800.ACS.2345 to register and specify Olympia class
Man to Man Prostate Cancer Support
When: 3rd Tuesday of each month 7-8:30 p.m.
Where: PSPH, Medical Staff Conference Room, Lower Level
Description: Topics for discussion include information about prostate cancer treatment, side effects and coping with the disease and treatment. Spouses or partners invited.
For information: Call Jim Kiefert, 360.438.3644 or Bert Dragoo, 360.438.5629
New Patient Orientation
Recently diagnosed cancer patients are encouraged to join the Providence Regional Cancer System for a free orientation dinner. At the event, you'll meet our team of cancer experts. They'll provide information about what to expect — from diagnosis to treatment and beyond. You'll also have a chance to ask questions, and you'll receive materials to help navigate the path ahead. Dates and locations vary. Call 360-493-7768 or 877-406-1714 to register.
Outpatient Counseling, Outpatient Cancer Counselor, Karen Buckley, 360-493-7960. For individuals diagnosed with cancer, these sessions are offered by a licensed oncology social workker and are free. For information, call 360.493.7385.
Olympia Ostomy Association Support Group
When: 4th Tuesday of January, March, May, Sept. and November, 6:30 p.m.
Where: PSPH, Medical Staff Conference Room, lower level
Description: Offers support and new information to ostomy patients and their support partners. For information: Susie Zuelke, 360.493.7385
Reach to Recovery
Description: Reach to Recovery pairs a trained volunteer that is a breast cancer survivor, with a woman who has been diagnosed with breast cancer or who may be facing a breast cancer diagnosis. Through a one-on-one visit or a phone call, those facing breast cancer find the strength and resources to cope with their experience and to move forward as a survivor. For information: Call Jessie, 253.207.5155 or 1.800.729.3880
Touch of Strength Support Group
When: 1st & 3rd Wednesdays of each month, 7-8:30 p.m.
Description: Provides a forum for mutual problem solving and support for breast cancer patients. For information: Call Sylvia, 360.943.7032 or the American Cancer Society, 800.ACS.2345
Other Local Services
Call 211 for help with: rent assistance, counseling & support groups, food & clothing, donations, transportation, emergency shelter and more. Serving Thurston, Mason, Grays Harbor, Pacific and Lewis Counties. Dial 2-1-1 or 877-246-1915 or visit www.crisis-clinic.org
Senior Services for South Sound
Area Agency on Aging
•Thurston County — Toll free: 888-545-0910 Phone: 360-664-2168
•Mason County — Toll free: 877-227-4696 Phone: 360-427-2225
•Lewis County — Toll free: 888-702-4464 Phone: 360-748-2288
Guest Lodging for families & patients receiving medical treatment, 360-493-7900
General Cancer and Non-Cancer Resources
American Cancer Society
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
A service of the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.
National Cancer Institute