Workshop D – Bridging the Divide: The Role of Complementary Therapies in End of Life Care


Presentation Description: 
Families of children with cancer may turn towards complementary therapies at end of life. Using case studies and a review of the latest evidence, this workshop highlighted some of the possible benefits of complementary therapies in managing symptoms and distress at end of life for both patients and family members. The workshop also touched on some of the challenges that families and health professionals face when decisions about complementary therapies are made in the face of limited conventional treatment options. The importance of open and respectful communication as well as shared decision making were discussed.

Lynda Balneaves, RN, PhD
Director, Centre for Integrative Medicine
KY and Betty Ho Chair in Integrative Medicine
Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine and Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy
Scientist, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre

Elena J. Ladas, PhD, RD
Assistant Professor of Nutrition in Pediatrics and in the Institute of Human Nutrition
Columbia University Medical Center
Co-Director, Center for Comprehensive Wellness
Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology/Stem Cell Transplant

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