Over half of people living with cancer seek complementary medicine, and this is increasing as they become more aware of the benefits of an integrative approach to care. Ottawa and surrounding neighbourhoods, has the highest rates of cancer per capita in Canada, and demand for care at the Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre (OICC) is rapidly growing.
The OICC helps cancer patients improve their quality of life and reduce recurrence by providing integrative, complementary care alongside hospital-based cancer therapies.
Mission and Vision
The Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre Foundation raises funds to support subsidized patient care, specialized patient programs, and innovative research at the Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre.
DR. JOHN F. SEELY TRIBUTE
Dugald Seely is Founder and Executive Director of the OICC. As a naturopathic doctor and researcher, he is playing a leading role in the development of integrative cancer care in Canada.
Seely comes from a family of movers and shakers who have made significant pioneering advancements and contributions in the Ottawa medical community. His greatest inspiration comes from his father, the late Dr. John F. Seely, an internationally recognized and revered clinician who passed away from cancer in 2009. John Seely is highly regarded in our community for his depth of compassion and devotion to patient care. He was Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa and developed the palliative care program for The Ottawa Hospital. See Ottawa Life Story: “The Seely’s – A Family of Medical Pioneers”
“My father was greatly supportive of the vision for the OICC and joined the board of governors of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine before his diagnosis. He fully believed in and exemplified whole-person, patient-centred care. A medical doctor like many in my family, my father was wholly supportive of integrative medicine and an approach to care that benefits the patient the most.” – Dr. Dugald Seely, ND
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