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This is How to Beat Cancer: Using Integrative Teams

This is How to Beat Cancer: Using Integrative Teams
 
Integrative therapies are steadily gaining traction in the U.S.; patients are asking for more supportive care options. We know this because of the growing evidence base. If you are interested in the latest approaches to supportive care, I encourage you to read on and share this with a colleague.
This is How to Beat Cancer: Using Integrative Teams
 


Integrative therapies are steadily gaining traction in the U.S.; patients are asking for more supportive care options. We know this because of the growing evidence base (1,2). If you are interested in the latest approaches to supportive care, I encourage you to read on and share this with a colleague.

Here are three benefits of using integrative therapies and an integrative team to help beat cancer:

There is reduced burden on conventional oncologists

In a recent qualitative case study of two integrative oncology centers, it was found that a more time-consuming patient care led to positive and intense patient contact (3). The approach also reduced the burden on the conventional oncologists and nurses by satisfying patients' needs to talk and to be heard and informed about complementary medicine. You can leverage naturopathic physicians, acupuncturists, Reiki therapists, social workers and others to support these conversations.

You can potentially increase the rate of cancer survivorship

Patients were examined in a recent population-based study. In that study, among cancer survivors, 66.5% reported ever using complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and 43.3% having used CAM in the past year. When compared to the general population, cancer survivors were more likely to use CAM and communicate this use with providers, indicating a growing integration of CAM in conventional medical care (4). Another study cited that 52% of centers examined listed cancer as one of their top 5 most successfully treated conditions with integrative strategies (5).

You can help the patient's body return to optimal function and reduce long-term side effects

Once the patient has completed conventional treatments, naturopathic medicine can support the body in returning to optimal function. Some of the long-term side effects can include heart and lung damage, thyroid dysfunction, and low red and white blood cell counts. Vitamins, herbs, hydrotherapy, homeopathy, and even IV therapies may be used to help. Members of the integrative team with expertise in nutrition can also help the patient navigate taste changes, nausea, or decreased appetite (6).

This is just the start of our conversation, though. Let's conquer cancer together as a team! Expand your integrative referral network, improve patient care and learn more about the latest coordination strategies at the upcoming event Creating Integrative Cancer Teams: Learning from those who Make it Work, September 25-26, 2016, at the Hyatt Regency in Crystal City, DC.


References:
1. Seely, D.M., L.C. Weeks, and S. Young. “A Systematic Review of Integrative Oncology Programs.” Current Oncology 19.6 (2012): e436–e461. PMC. Web. 30 June 2016.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3503675/

2. Sagar SM. Integrative oncology in North America. J Soc Integr Oncol. 2006. Winter;4(1):27-39. Review. PubMed PMID: 16737670.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16737670/

3. Mittring, Nadine, Marion Pérard, and Claudia M. Witt. “Corporate Culture Assessments in Integrative Oncology: A Qualitative Case Study of Two Integrative Oncology Centers.” Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine : eCAM 2013 (2013): 316950. PMC. Web. 30 June 2016.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3683441/

4. Mao, Jun J. et al. “Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use among Cancer Survivors: A Population-Based Study.” Journal of cancer survivorship : research and practice 5.1 (2011): 8–17. PMC. Web. 30 June 2016.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3564962/

5. Horrigan, Bonnie et al. “Integrative Medicine in America—How Integrative Medicine Is Being Practiced in Clinical Centers Across the United States.” Global Advances in Health and Medicine 1.3 (2012): 18–94. PMC. Web. 30 June 2016.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3833660/

6. American Association of Naturopathic Physicians. http://www.naturopathic.org/article_content.asp?article=750
 
This is just the start of our conversation, though. Let's conquer cancer together as a team! Expand your integrative referral network, improve patient care and learn more about the latest coordination strategies at the upcoming event Creating Integrative Cancer Teams: Learning from those who Make it Work, September 25-26, 2016, at the Hyatt Regency in Crystal City, DC.

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