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Lorenzo Cohen, Ph.D.
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Dr. Lorenzo Cohen is Professor and Director of the Integrative Medicine Program at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and Distinguished Clinical Professor, Fudan University Shanghai Cancer Hospital, Shanghai, China. Dr. Cohen is conducting a number of NIH-funded studies examining the biobehavioral effects of integrative medicine aimed at reducing the negative aspects of cancer treatment and improving quality of life including studies of meditation, Tibetan yoga, Patanjali-based yoga, tai chi/qigong, stress management, emotional writing, neurofeedback, and acupuncture. He is interested in examining different types of complementary programs that can be easily incorporated into conventional treatment to decrease the psychophysiological consequences associated with treatment and improve outcomes. Dr. Cohen is also conducting research to demonstrate that lifestyle changes can influence cancer outcomes. Ongoing studies are examining lifestyle changes in the areas of diet/nutrition, physical activity, and stress management/social network to change the risk of developing cancer and influencing outcomes in those with cancer.

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Compassion: Learning to Care for Oneself and Others

(0) Comments | Posted January 9, 2014 | 1:40 PM

By: Alejandro Chaoul, Ph.D., Lorenzo Cohen, Ph.D., and Kathrin Milbury, Ph.D., The Integrative Medicine Program, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas

Cancer does not solely affect individuals. It affects the larger community, which consists of families, friends, neighbors and coworkers. Witnessing a loved one overcoming or struggling with...

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Nutrigenomics: The Future of Personalized Nutrition in Cancer Prevention and Treatment

(1) Comments | Posted November 5, 2013 | 1:34 PM

By: Peiying Yang, Ph.D., Stephanie Maxson, MS, RD, LD, and Lorenzo Cohen, Ph.D., Integrative Medicine Program, MD Anderson Cancer Center

Diet plays an important role in cancer prevention and control. Though the association between diet and cancer prevention is still not definitive, recent evidence suggests...

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Manage Your Stress Before Your Stress Manages You

(3) Comments | Posted May 3, 2013 | 8:28 AM

By Lorenzo Cohen, Kira Taniguchi, and Alejandro Chaoul

Feeling stressed? There is a common misconception that stress is derived from a particular negative event that occurred. However, your spilled cup of coffee (the stressor) is not what caused your stress; rather it was the response to the stressor, known as...

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Environmental Factors and Breast Cancer

(1) Comments | Posted April 3, 2013 | 6:23 PM

By Janet Gray, Ph.D., Director of the Program in Science, Technology, and Society, Vassar College and Lorenzo Cohen, Ph.D., Professor and Director, Integrative Medicine Program, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

In addition to the traditionally acknowledged risk factors for breast cancer (age, reproductive history, genetic profile, obesity, alcohol intake, smoking, etc.),...

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Let Food Be Your Medicine: Diet and Cancer Prevention

(11) Comments | Posted February 17, 2013 | 9:20 AM

The American Cancer Society and the American Institute for Cancer Research both estimate that more than 30 percent of cancer can be prevented through healthy diet, physical activity, and maintaining a healthy weight. Smoking also accounts for over 30 percent of cancers. This means...

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Time for Acupuncture to Become Part of Standard Care

(5) Comments | Posted February 8, 2013 | 7:50 AM

Acupuncture, the insertion of small, stainless steel needles into points on the body to stimulate specific areas, has been used in recent years by many cancer patients to help with symptom management. Because the mechanisms are not well understood, deciding when and how to safely add acupuncture to...

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