What is Integrative Cancer Care?
Research shows that the healthier a cancer patient is, the better they will tolerate treatments and successfully fight their cancer. Yet while conventional treatments (surgery, chemotherapy, hormone therapy, biologic therapies, and radiation) are the most effective approach to eliminating cancer cells, they can also have negative side effects.
Integrative Oncology at the Raby institutes provides a holistic approach to treating cancer that addresses the whole person, tending to the mental, emotional, and spiritual needs of the patient while simultaneously supporting physical recovery. Our approach thoughtfully integrates complementary treatments with conventional practice in ways that not only improve quality of life but can also enhance the effectiveness of conventional treatment.
Cancer Care Services
Our approach to integrative care is based on the following principles:
- Ensure patient safety
- Complement conventional care
- Use research-based approaches
Our complementary cancer care services include:
- Mind-body medicine
- Massage therapy
- Physical therapy
- Energy medicine
- Nutritional supplements
- Botanical medicines
How an Integrative Approach to Cancer Care Can Help
Integrative cancer care works with conventional cancer treatments to:
- Improve the effectiveness of some cancer treatments
- Reduce the common side effects of conventional cancer treatments such as fatigue, low blood cell counts, nausea and vomiting, taste changes, loss of appetite, mouth sores, diarrhea or constipation, numbness and tingling in fingers and toes, rashes, and bone pain.
- Address risk factors related to lifestyle habits that may cause cancer, accelerate illness, or reduce the effectiveness of treatment
- Support overall wellness to improve a patient’s ability to tolerate treatment and fight their cancer
Integrative cancer care plans can be created to support patients suffering from most types of cancer and can complement all conventional treatments. Our treatments are considered safe and are supported by research; still, it is very important to make sure all treatments are truly integrated to work well together.