When Colleen Kanna was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010, she didn’t know where to find an acupuncturist to complement her treatment.
She was left with the “difficult task” of finding a doctor “at a time when you’re overwhelmed with appointments and information, a time when you’re not feeling well and you’re exhausted from treatment,” she said.
“Where do you begin looking? The resources are scattered all over the place and I also wanted someone who had experience treating cancer patients. It took a lot of time and energy,” said Kanna.
The Riverside South resident, now 51, remains a patient at the the Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre which officially opened in Hintonburg on Monday.
It’s the first integrative cancer care and research centre in Eastern Canada, offering naturopathic medicine, clinical nutrition, acupuncture, massage, yoga, physiotherapy, exercise, crisis management, family therapy, and psychiatry.
A doctor’s referral isn’t required, said founder and executive director Dr. Dugald Seely.
The facility, at Bayswater Ave. and Somerset St. W., bridges the gap between disciplines, said Dr. Shailendra Verma, an oncologist at the Ottawa Hospital.
Rachelle Viinberg, a 2012 Summer Olympic silver medallist, and Ottawa Centre MP Paul Dewar performed the ribbon cutting and Great Big Sea singer Murray Foster debuted a new song dedicated to the OICC.
For information, call 613-792-1222 or visit oicc.ca