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.
Supporting the whole person and managing the side effects of chemo is important in cancer care.
Listen as Dr Dave Allderdice, ND, FABNO, explores how nausea, fatigue, hair loss, neuropathy, vomiting and other chemo side effects can be reduced by utilizing therapeutic fasting along-side treatment. Learn how naturopathic doctors support the whole person and provide healthy building blocks during cancer care. Dr Alderdice also shares the importance of nourishing the body in-between chemo to undergo treatment in as healthy a manner as possible.
Recently the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released new recommendations for breast cancer screening. Although the American Cancer Society (along with many other medical organizations) recommend annual screening mammograms starting at age 40, USPSFT is now advocating mammogram screening every two years after the age 50.
The USPSTF defends its new endorsement by claiming early mammograms can be beneficial, but can also be harmful to women. They are defining the harmful effects as more women being misdiagnosed and over treated for breast cancer. Although this new recommendation is only that—a recommendation—many insurance agencies (including Medicare) contemplate their considerations when making coverage decisions.
A couple of the PRMA surgeons were asked what they had to say about the new headline:
Dr. Chet Nastala: “It seems as though the task force is interpreting the data very differently from the mainstream MDs at the American College of Radiology, Gynecology and the American Cancer Society. They all disagree with the task force’s recommendations to limit screenings to every other year and only to ages 50-74 in women of average risk.”
Dr. Peter Ledoux: “If I were a woman in my 40s, with any hint of breast or ovarian cancer in my family tree, I would get yearly mammograms.”