What is Integrative Oncology?
Integrative oncology is an approach to cancer care that combines conventional medical treatments with evidence-based complementary therapies. It is a holistic approach to cancer care that focuses on the whole person—mind, body, and spirit—rather than just the disease. Integrative oncology seeks to provide patients with comprehensive and personalized care that addresses their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs.
The Benefits of Integrative Oncology
Integrative oncology offers many benefits for cancer patients. It can help reduce stress and anxiety, improve quality of life, reduce side effects from conventional treatments, and even improve survival rates. In addition, integrative oncology can help patients better manage their symptoms and cope with the physical and emotional challenges of living with cancer.
Integrative Oncology Treatments
Integrative oncology treatments may include a variety of therapies such as nutritional therapy, IV therapy, HBOT – Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, frequency therapy, acupuncture, massage therapy, yoga, meditation, herbal medicine, energy healing techniques. Other treatments may include mind-body therapies such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) or hypnosis.
Integrating Conventional Medicine with Complementary Therapies
It is important to note that integrative oncology does not replace conventional medical treatments such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy; rather it complements them by providing additional support for the patient’s overall health and well-being. Integrative oncologists work closely with other members of the healthcare team to ensure that all aspects of a patient’s care are addressed in an integrated fashion.