Integrative oncology is an expanding discipline holding tremendous promise for additional treatment and symptom control options. An integrative approach provides patients with a comprehensive system of care to help meet their needs, from diagnosis through survivorship. Most patients with cancer are either using complementary medicines or want to know more about them, so it is incumbent on the conventional medical system to provide appropriate education and evidenced-based clinical services. The clinical model for integrative care requires a patient-centered approach with attention to patient concerns and enhanced communication skills. In addition, it is essential that conventional and nonconventional practitioners work together to develop a comprehensive, integrative care plan. In this way, patients with cancer will receive the best medical care making use of all appropriate treatment modalities in a safe manner to achieve optimal clinical outcomes.
KeywordsCancer Survivor Complementary Medicine Conventional Medicine Integrative Medicine Integrative Oncology
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