When someone comes to see me I’m not just interested in the physical dimensions, I’m interested in all of the other dimensions.
I see my patients as a whole, as a whole woman, as a whole person.
The concept of an integrated approach, which is evidence-based is a powerful antidote to a lot of the stress that health consumers feel. And it was a relief to me to also practice what I believe.
Evidence-based means that there is medical literature, there are clinical studies that have been done that show that whatever we’re talking about, whether or not it’s mindful, it’s medication or Tamoxifen is a safe and effective therapy.
I love integrative oncology because it allows me to interact with my patients in a holistic manner. And holistic is a word that means taking care of the whole patient.
I use complimentary alternative medicine therapies with radiation for a variety of reasons. I’ve found that they may be helpful to reduce the side effects of radiation treatment. For example I might use a botanical based cream to apply to the skin that we’re radiating. Calendula is the name of the cream that I like to use. Aloe vera is another one. Both of these have been shown to reduce the radiation skin reaction that is fairly common during radiation treatment to the skin.
This is an adapted meditation called “Soften, Soothe, Allow”. We can bring the ability to soften, soothe and allow when we are struggling with some physical discomfort or the discomfort of an emotion in the body. Its something that we can do for very brief periods of time or for longer.
Presented by Aleeze Moss, adapted from Christopher Germer