A research institute to foster evidence-informed integrative cancer care through premier research, education and clinical guidance
The Patterson Institute is a research institute focused on a whole-person approach to cancer care. This approach encompasses the social, psychological, emotional, spiritual and functional aspects of the patient journey. The Patterson Institute expands the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine’s excellence in integrative cancer research and education.
Through the creation of the Patterson Institute we are transforming and strengthening integrative cancer care in Canada.
John and Thea Patterson believe that by supporting the Institute they are planting seeds that will assist in the transformation, strengthening and integration of cancer care in Canada. Integrative cancer care has personally touched the Patterson family and played a pivotal role in John’s eight-year journey with cancer.
The Patterson Institute is linked with the Abbey Retreat Centre, a retreat for people with cancer and their supportive partner or caregiver. At the Abbey Retreat Centre, a blend of the social, psychological, emotional, spiritual and functional aspects of the patient journey will be provided in a peaceful setting called Abbey Gardens in Haliburton, Ontario.
Develop a stronger evidence base for integrative cancer therapies. The Patterson Institute will work with naturopathic clinics and integrative facilities across Canada, where integrative cancer therapies are being employed, to capture the experiences of this cancer patient group.
Focus research on a whole-person approach to cancer care which addresses the social, psychological, emotional, spiritual and functional aspects of the patient journey.
Facilitate the partnership between CCNM and the Abbey Retreat Centre. The Institute will establish long-term relationships with the Abbey Retreat Centre (ARC) and ARC participants to evaluate outcomes with a view towards understanding the effect of restorative retreats on: quality of life, cancer prognosis and overall health indicators.
Produce integrative oncology treatment guidelines. It will develop a repository of treatment guidelines to be used by health care providers in helping patients make evidence-based decisions when choosing integrative cancer treatments.
Strengthen the links to conventional oncology care – through guideline production, expertise in mind body medicine and whole person care, and a stronger evidence base for integrative therapies.
Assist in the training and development of ND specialists in integrative cancer care, such that CCNM will be recognized as the leading North American provider of post-graduate training. The Patterson Institute will produce Continuing Medical Education (CME) and treatment guidelines to assist CCNM in remaining at the forefront of integrative cancer care.
Focus on Integrative Cancer Care…
The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine’s (CCNM) integrative cancer centres foster evidence-informed integrative cancer care through high quality research, education and person-centered care. Under the CCNM umbrella exists four branches that work collaboratively to provide the best in integrative cancer care.
The Patterson Institute for Integrative Cancer Research
(the Patterson Institute)
Expands CCNM’s excellence in integrative cancer research and education, consistent with the person-centred care approach promoted by Cancer Care Ontario.
The first integrative cancer care and research centre in Eastern Canada and serves as a flagship model for person-centred integrative cancer care.
The Abbey Retreat Centre
A restorative experience for people with cancer and their partners, located in a tranquil setting at Abbey Gardens, this mind-body program blends the social, psychological, emotional, spiritual and functional aspects of the patient journey.
CCNM’s integrative cancer clinics at the OICC and CCNM provide cancer patients supportive care alongside conventional treatments. The OICC and CCNM Integrative Cancer Clinic collaborate to design and deliver evidence-based integrative cancer care to patients in Ottawa and the greater Toronto area.
Help make a difference!
Focus on integrative cancer care will support patients, their families and health-care providers with research, education and care to improve the patient journey and enhance patient outcomes.
As part of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine we are a registered charity. You can make a secure here.by clicking
For more information about the Patterson Institute, please contact:
Patterson Institute for Integrative Cancer Research
Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine
1255 Sheppard Avenue East
North York, ON M2K 1E2
416-498-1255 Ext 347