Our patients are treated holistically, no matter what stage or what your diagnosis you always have treatment options. Working with Cancer Treatment Centers of America our practitioners follow a patient first approach, where the patient has access to state of the art treatments options.
The goal of integrative, holistic medicine is to work with the patient as the center of the medical team and combine both traditional and complementary treatments to restore the patient to a better state of health. With respect to cancer, the integrative physician would provide support and specific therapies in conjunction with the oncologist to enhance the patient’s quality of life while undergoing treatment. It is our objective to use foods whenever possible, as
few supplements as needed, and to not overburden the patient with things to do. We encourage active participation with your “at home” support team. In addition, our purpose is to be 100% successful, and realize that you and your support team
will run into obstacles along this journey, so we have set up nutrition and life-style coaches, cancer health coaches and other support strategies to help you successfully navigate.
A free telephone consultation with our physician coordinator can help you determine which treatment, service or program is best for you. You will receive a professionally guided approach that takes into account multiple aspects of your health and lifestyle. We combine a range of therapies to provide you with an integrative plan, especially beneficial for chronic and complex medical conditions.
Integrative Medicine in Hematology/Oncology: Benefits, Ethical Considerations, and Controversies
David S. Rosenthal and
David Rosenthal, MD, Harvard University, 75 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge MA 02138; Phone (617) 495-2010, Fax (617) 495-8078,
Integrative Medicine (IM), a newly emerging field, has evolved from Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). CAM refers to diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not presently considered part of conventional medicine and generally have limited scientific evidence. In the US, CAM is a multi-billion dollar, unregulated industry with potential benefits and risks to consumers, including cancer patients, who are high utilizers of complementary therapies. Patients’ CAM use often is unsupervised by physicians, yet patients need the advice and guidance of their hematologists/oncologists as part of total cancer care. Ethical and legal issues physicians need to address include inquiring about and educating patients regarding potential interactions (e.g., drug-herb, radiation-antioxidant) or product contaminants, while discussing other therapies that may alleviate symptoms and/or improve quality of life.
Administratively, CAM offerings in medical settings require relevant policies and procedures, such as properly credentialing practitioners and providing financial assistance counseling for those who cannot afford fee-for-service. Unlike “Alternative Medicine,” the goal of IM is to combine mainstream medical therapies and CAM therapies (e.g., acupuncture, meditation, music therapy) that have some high-quality scientific evidence of safety and effectiveness. The Society for Integrative Oncology (SIO), a new international organization of oncology professionals studying and integrating effective complementary therapies in cancer care, serves as a forum for presenting scientific data on these therapies while emphasizing the importance of developing infrastructure that promotes IM principles and practices. The ultimate goal is to develop multidisciplinary expertise and therapeutic synergy between conventional and complementary therapies.