There is an emerging trend in cancer treatment called “Integrative Medicine.” This approach combines conventional medicine with alternative interventions that help overcome and compensate for the deficiencies of chemotherapy, radiation and surgery.
The traditional medicine is still used for tumors that are too aggressive to be treated by alternative medicine alone. The alternative interventions, however, help maintain the tumors treatable. Further, alternative therapies can make tumors more vulnerable to chemotherapy. Through alternatives, patients the negative side effects can be diminished so patients can tolerate chemo much better, and their immune system can be preserved.
Oasis of Hope is the trendsetter with close to 50 years of experience in integrative cancer treatment. It was followed by Cancer Treatment Centers of America 20 years later and now major centers such as Memorial Sloan-Kettering, MD Anderson and others are starting to enhance their therapies using complimentary medicine. The National Cancer Institute itself now has a department of complementary medicine. This is all great news for cancer patients around the world.
Hopefully these major centers will graduate from complimentary medicine up to the major leagues of integrative medicine!
Oasis of Hope continues to be in a class of its own, however, because our approach is not just about what treatments we use; it is more about the whole treatment experience that we provide our patients. It is a beautiful blend of medical competence and caring, of art and science, of faith, hope and love.