Integrative and Complementary Care for Patients Undergoing Current Cancer Treatments

Usual cancer care involves surgery, chemotherapy, radiation and hormonal or targeted therapy. Our “toolbox” adds personalized diet, nutritional and herbal supplements, lifestyle, mind-body tools, and testing to characterize the tumor and find potential therapeutic targets. Our approach to cancer care focuses primarily on treating the patient and the intricate web of interactions between the patient and the cancer. We support the judicious use of conventional treatments monitored by an oncologist, but also recognize that conventional treatments “do not modify the complex distortion of the physiological web associated with cancer” (J Clin Inves 2007; 117: 2762‐66).

Goals of Complementary Cancer Care

During cancer treatment our goals are to:

  • Provide educational resources and support to make knowledgeable, informed treatment decisions
  • To support the overall health and vitality of the patient
  • To reduce treatment side effects
  • To enhance the efficacy of chemotherapy, radiation or hormonal therapy
  • To target the mechanisms of multi-drug resistance and radiation resistance
  • To alter the tumor’s microenvironment or “terrain” of the patient to be inhospitable to tumor cells

How we achieve those goals

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