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Modified Rice Bran Arabinoxylan

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Integrative oncology is a branch of integrative medicine that combines the treatment of cancer patients with complementary and conventional modalities. It aims to enhance the effect of conventional treatments and optimize the quality of life and emotional health of cancer patients. Carcinogenesis involves the transformation of normal cells into cancer cells through random damage to control genes, leading to uncontrolled growth, proliferation, and invasion of cancer cells into normal tissues. While chemotherapy and bio-targeted therapy address cancer spread from the initial tumor, surgery and radiotherapy deal with the growing mass, and immunotherapy addresses those cancer cells that knock out the immune system’s ability to recognize them. Conventional cancer management targets early-stage cancer with curative intent and late-stage cancer with palliative intent. Complementary modalities in cancer management encompass mind/body practices, natural products, and lifestyle modification. When diet therapy and nutraceutical medicine are used in cancer management, it is referred to as nutritional oncology. Modified rice bran arabinoxylan is a nutraceutical that has been shown to improve the quality of life in breast cancer patients, reduce the chemotherapy side effects, enhance the response rate to chemotherapy in liver cancer, provide radioprotective effects in cervical cancer, augment immunity in multiple myeloma, and prolong survival of patients in many case studies. Integrative oncology has emerged as a new field of medical practice to improve cancer patients’ survival and quality of life.

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de Villa, R.J.S. (2023). Integrative Oncology. In: Pak, S.C., Ooi, S.L., Micalos, P.S., Ghoneum, M.H. (eds) Modified Rice Bran Arabinoxylan . Springer, Singapore. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-19-5735-2_5

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