Integrative Cancer Care
Integrative cancer care is an approach to oncology care which recognizes the multiple components of the dynamic human being as an indivisible holistic system (mind, body, and spirit) and is dedicated to the science-based delivery of holistic care to oncology patients. Interwoven into this approach, are modalities such as immunonutrition, botanical(herbal) medicine, and other such “supplement” guidance, as well as complementary therapy modalities such as acupuncture and massage therapy, amongst others. Treatment strategies are not an alternative to conventional care, but rather integrated into conventional treatments. A strong understanding of the conventional approach to cancer care (surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy), along with the adjunctive treatment modalities is important in order to expertly apply this approach with cancer patients. The approach is generally not a singular modality application, but rather multistrategic in order to maximize the patient’s capacity for healing through the application of applicable and reliable modalities for healing.