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.