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    Anyone have thoughts on integrated oncology?

    Asked by TDW on Thursday, April 4, 2013

    Anyone have thoughts on integrated oncology?

    Homeopathic treatments, vitamins and supplements for stage III lung cancer?

    8 Answers from the Community

    8 answers
    • CAS1's Avatar

      Yes, I think its all godd along with regular standard treatment especailly exercise and meditation. See my earlier post with a link that says 70% of men dx with LC also suffer from anxiety..

      If they did the study on women I think it would be 100 % Stress reduction for all cancers in my opinion is very important if not life saving

      over 5 years ago
    • carm's Avatar

      I have to say that as an oncology nurse, there was a time when I thought it was all smoke and mirrors. But after reading Professor Ben Williams book, and speaking with a few biochemists from Eastern Europe, especially about Ukrain...I am a believer. Best of luck, Carm RN.

      over 5 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      I think it's terrific, in fact I do it. I see a chiropractor regularly I get massage and energy work every two weeks when on oral chemo, or the day after treatment when I'm being infused. I practice mediation, Pilates and yoga.

      I also take supplements such as probiotics (to help my digestive track), Glucosamine & Chondroitin, etc.

      DH and I go to Kripalu -Yoga/health center in the Berkshires near Lee MA, every couple of months for 3-4 days, to indulge in healing arts, and yoga & meditation related workshops.

      over 5 years ago
    • Vjp2012's Avatar

      I am a believer and I take supplements under the guidance of a medical oncologist and naturopath. Lifeextension.org has information on supplements and does lots of research on all illnesses and supplements. Best wishes!

      over 5 years ago
    • Clyde's Avatar

      I've spoken to a couple of docs about this and all warned me about possible dangers. Because the supplement industry has very little if any regulation, you can poison yourself and interactions with meds can be a problem. Tread carefully.

      over 5 years ago
    • CherylS@StF's Avatar

      I think much that integrated oncology has to offer is a wonderful piece to add to a patients treatment regimens. What I have found with vitamins and supplements is that you need your oncologist to review that list and let him decide if they are appropriate to be taking with your chemotherapy at the same time. Some supplements interact with the chemotherapy and not always in a good way. Often if these are supplements and vitamins that you have been taking for a long period before your diagnosis then the physician will allow you to continue taking them. Again to be safe please check with you oncologist before starting or continuing to take.

      over 5 years ago
    • AlizaMLS's Avatar

      Hi TDW,

      I'm Aliza, a BC patient and retired Medical Librarian who offers services on this site and elsewhere giving advice-usually non medical (librarians have a code of ethics not to offer medical advice. It's also considered illegal as it's practicing medicine without a license). What I can do is offer referrals to doctors, hospitals/institutions, agencies, etc. and research when required or requested.

      My first instinct would be to say that complementary medicine (as opposed to integrative) would be a better idea-chiropractive, massage therapy, yoga, meditation.

      I know from my own experience being a diagnosed Lupus patient for the last 20 years (I've only been diagnosed with BC since August 2012) that it can be problematic if drugs and herbs or supplements are not compatible. At best they could "cancel each other out" or worst they could make you feel ill.

      The original PCP who took care of me had an interest in herbal medicine and let me take certain meds to help with migraine headaches that wouldn't interfere with other standard (or allopathic meds) I take.

      However, I'm a Stage I BC patient, not a Stage III patient (that's a big difference), and I know that carm is much more up to speed on what's currently happening on the medical scene vis a vis drugs and treatments, and I'm a Medical Librarian (not a Medical professional) and Carm's an RN, so I'd be much more inclined to follow Carm's advice than anyone else's on the site!

      I'd suggest if you have further questions, you consider asking carm any questions, however, you are always welcome to contact me - here or offsite via email. I hope you find a regimen that makes you feel well and comfortable!

      Warm Wishes,

      over 5 years ago
    • LindaD@StF's Avatar

      Ask your oncologist about supplements, some may interfere with chemo. I am thinking especially about anti-oxidants.
      On the whole, so many complementary therapies are gaining new fans, at St. Francis, we use aromatherapy, massage therapy, acupuncture, healing touch and several other things to help with anxiety and other symptoms.

      over 5 years ago

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