Integrative Therapies & Rehabilitation for Cancer

Therapy, Nutrition & Rehabilitation for Cancer Patients

Integrative therapies, or alternative therapy services, nutrition services and rehabilitation programs are available for breast cancer patients. Learn about these services below.

Integrative Therapy

To support the all-inclusive needs of cancer patients, Lahey offers integrative therapy services, sometimes called alternative therapy services, for all cancer patients. Under the sponsorship of Lahey Hospital & Medical Center’s Sophia Gordon Cancer Center, these services are offered by appointment. To learn more, please call 781-744-8400.


Acupuncture is a component of traditional Asian medicine, which promotes natural healing in the body through a comprehensive approach of evaluation and treatment for the whole person.

Acupuncture is proven to be effective in treating these conditions:

  • Relief of symptoms associated with cancer treatments such as nausea, fatigue and peripheral neuropathy
  • Neurological ailments such as migraines and nerve pain
  • Musculoskeletal pain including back pain and pain from arthritis
  • Emotional distress including stress and depression
  • Digestive problems such as indigestion, constipation and diarrhea
  • Respiratory ailments such as asthma and allergies
  • Physical injuries including chronic pain and acute sprain
  • Chronic disease management

Acupuncture can also be effective for:

  • PMS symptoms
  • Infertility
  • Smoking cessation
  • Many other chronic ailments

The initial consultation fee is $130 and follow up treatments are $100 per session. Lahey does not bill insurance companies directly for acupuncture services but in some cases, you will be able to self-submit claims for reimbursement. For an appointment, please call acupuncturist Sophie Barkan at 781-640-2815.

Sophie believes that treatment is most effective when it uncovers the underlying roots of illness and her goal is to restore each patient’s core balance. Through the lens of Chinese Medicine is the recognition that true healing occurs when our minds, bodies and spirits are aligned. She currently sees patients in Oncology and in private practice.

Other Programs
  • Art therapy: Expressing one’s self through art to improve or restore functioning and a sense of personal well-being.
  • Massage therapy: Treatment of the soft tissues of the body by use of pressure, friction or kneading to help with muscle flexibility.
  • Reiki: A special technique to reduce stress and enhance relaxation, administered by the “laying on of hands.”
  • Yoga: A six-week program for the renewal of body and spirit.
  • The YMCA Pink Program: An exercise program at all levels of activity for breast cancer patients.

Breast Cancer Nutrition

Nutrition is an important part of general health and even more important if you have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Eating the right kinds of foods before, during and after treatment can help you feel better and stay stronger. Lahey Hospital & Medical Center’s registered nutritionists, who specialize in oncology and work as part of our multidisciplinary team, will help guide your food choices with evidence-based nutrition recommendations.

Cancer Rehabilitation

To schedule an appointment or for more information please call 781-744-8645.

Comprehensive Care & Recovery

We use a team-approach as our foundation for delivering cancer services to provide personalized, compassionate care to patients. This same multidisciplinary approach also extends to post-cancer care and we are committed to providing the best survivorship care.

Our staff have been specially trained and certified in oncology rehabilitation care to help cancer survivors regain their highest quality of life. Our team consists of physicians, nurses, radiation therapists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, registered dietitians, and mental health professionals. Each team member provides expertise, guidance, training and support throughout your rehabilitation treatment.

Personalized Rehabilitation Plan

Your cancer rehabilitation plan will depend on individualized goals that focus on increasing strength and energy, managing pain and improving your functioning and quality of life. We work with you to identify resources and develop skills that will help you physically and emotionally heal from your cancer care.

Schedule an Appointment

Appointments are available at the following locations:

Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, Burlington
41 Mall Road
Burlington, MA 01805

67 So Bedford Street, Suite 101-E
Burlington, MA 01803

Beth Israel Lahey Health Primary Care - Federal Street
5 Federal Street
Danvers, MA 01923

Lahey Outpatient Center, Lexington
16 Hayden Avenue
Lexington, MA 02421

Lahey Medical Center, Peabody
One Essex Center Drive
Peabody, MA 01960



For appointments or additional information, please call 781-744-8645. Before scheduling an appointment, a provider referral is needed before therapies can begin.