Integrative Oncology: Combining Conventional and Alternative Treatments

Integrative oncology is a approach to cancer treatment that combines conventional cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgery, with complementary and alternative therapies. The goal of integrative oncology is to provide a holistic and individualized approach to cancer care that addresses not only the physical aspects of the disease, but also the emotional, spiritual, and social needs of the patient. Complementary and alternative therapies can include dietary changes, physical activity, stress reduction techniques, acupuncture, massage, and other mind-body practices. The use of these therapies is guided by a healthcare professional who is trained in both conventional and integrative medicine, and who considers the patient’s overall health status, goals, and preferences. Integrative oncology can help improve quality of life, manage side effects of conventional treatments, and promote overall wellness during and after cancer treatment.

Amar Ajnalkar