“I tell my patients that I think of cancer as a weed. Modern western oncology is focused on destroying the weed while integrative oncology concentrates on the soil the weed grows in and on making the soil as inhospitable as possible to the growth and spread of the weed.”
Donald I. Abrams, M.D., the former director of Clinical Programs at the University of California, San Francisco Osher Center for Integrative Medicine
A Comprehensive Definition for Integrative Oncology
“Integrative oncology is a patient-centered, evidence-informed field of cancer care that utilizes mind and body practices, natural products, and/or lifestyle modifications from different traditions alongside conventional cancer treatments. Integrative oncology aims to optimize health, quality of life, and clinical outcomes across the cancer care continuum and to empower people to prevent cancer and become active participants before, during, and beyond cancer treatment.”
Growth of Integrative Medicine in Cancer Care
In 1999, the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center established the first Integrative Medicine Service to provide evidence-based complementary therapies that improve patients’ quality of life by alleviating physical and emotional symptoms associated with cancer and its treatments. A number of other leading centers in cancer care, including The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, also formed integrative medicine programs. As evidence of the significant growth of this new field, in 2003, integrative oncology researchers and clinicians at major cancer centers in the United States established the Society for Integrative Oncology to advance evidence-based, comprehensive, integrative health care to improve the lives of people affected by cancer (www.integrativeonc.org).
Integrative Medicine is not offered to cancer patients in Ireland. Here is a list of International clinics and treatment centers.
Dr Stewarts Clinic (Ireland)
At the Forsythe Cancer Care Center, integrative medical oncologist Dr. James Forsythe, introduces options, hope, healing and recovery in the treatment of all adult cancers. He integrates conventional, and complementary cancer treatments to activate both the science and the art of cancer care.
Oasis of Hope (Mexico)
Oasis of Hope is one of the most well-known cancer treatment centers in the world. Dr. Contreras the chief medical officer is a pioneer in alternative cancer treatments which have been proven in efficacy for decades long. Oasis of Hope strives to provide healing through research, review and analysis of the most recent discoveries in oncology.
Klinik am Stein (Germany)
Clinic for integrative medicine
The Klinik Marinus am Stein is a clinic for integrative medicine in Brannenburg, Germany, which specializes in comprehensive naturopathic therapy program, conservative surgery and special treatment for tumour repression.
The state-of-the-art, non-toxic Immunotherapy protocols of the Issels® Immuno-Oncology Centers are designed to restore the body’s own complex immune and defense mechanisms to recognize and eliminate cancer cells. The integrative Issels® Immuno-Oncology system is the result of extensive clinical and scientific research and has become internationally known for its remarkable rate of long-term remissions of advanced and standard therapy-resistant cancers.
Utopia Wellness (USA)
Utopia Wellness is a leading-edge medical center that offers integrative, holistic, patient-focused medical treatments. Under the esteemed direction of Carlos M. Garcia, M.D., we offer programs designed for anyone who wants to enjoy optimal health: Whether suffering from a chronic illness or simply wanting to prevent disease. Our extensive menu of wellness programs complement each other by addressing all issues related to well-being.
An Internationally Recognized Holistic Health Program that Can Be Integrated with Standard Medical Care to Maximize the Potential for Getting Well & Staying Well. This adjunctive approach for Integrative Oncology is a Signature Model designed to be fully integrated with the 3-Week Hippocrates’ Life Transformation Program. CCWP Programs are scheduled regularly throughout the year.
Personalized treatment is our belief. Patients start with a consultation (in person or telephonic) and we design a treatment plan from home remedies to weekly clinic visits. Unlike traditional cancer clinics, we offer more than chemotherapy with our integrated, quality of life treatment plans.
It is necessary to combine conventional standard therapy methods of surgery, radiation and chemotherapy with treatment methods that eliminate the well known risk factors of cancer. This helps to optimize the control of the disease and strengthen the body’s own natural defense system. Therefore, at St. George Hospital we developed an Integrative Cancer Therapy Concept (ICTC) in which we combine the conventional treatment modalities with complementary therapies. This concept gives patients a realistic chance to overcome not only the symptoms but also restore health.
Since 1984 when Dr. Haas founded the Preventive Medical Center of Marin (PMCM) he and his fellow health practitioners and staff have provided integrative health care to thousands of patients. His unique integration of Natural, Eastern and Western medical approaches, which he calls NEW Medicine, is built on restoring proper body physiology, and supporting healthy cells and tissues in order to promote healing.
A non profit corporation, the medical team at the EuroMed Foundation offers alternative cancer treatment along with treatment of certain chronic illnesses. We specialize in treating cancer with insulin potentiation therapy (IPT) through our unique approach – the George Protocol and Homeopathic Immune Modulator. With integrative medicine methodologies that use the best of conventional and alternative therapies, we pledge to treat you as a whole human being, rather than as a set of symptoms.
In MCHG, most of the treatment programs, especially for those patients of middle or advanced stages, will use the integrative multidisciplinary approaches. You will be exposed to a great multidisciplinary system, which includes radiation, chemotherapy, intervention, surgery, Chinese medicine, etc. During your diagnosis, treatment and nursing periods, our multidisciplinary team will always here at your service.
Our main technology is “Minimally Invasive Targeted Treatment Combined with Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine”.
Our team includes board-certified oncologists, internists, physician assistants, oncology nurses, psychologists, social workers, registered dieticians, physical therapists, massage therapists, complementary care specialists, medical researchers and patient care coordinators.
Additionally, the Block Center is engaged in clinical cancer research with large medical and academic centers in the United States. In order to best serve our patients, we combine state-of-the-art conventional cancer treatments with scientifically based integrative therapies…
Cancer patients in all stages of their disease come to us. People arrive in our clinic to work with us to find the best treatment for their condition. We specialise in different hyperthermia treatments which we use in combination with conventional and other complementary treatments. Our principle aim is to make sure that the treatment of cancer should not harm the patient more than the disease does already.
Our clinic was founded in 1996 with the goal to give those with “untreatable conditions” an opportunity to recover. Over time, we acquired the reputation of specializing in “treatment failures”, ie, patients that had gone to other medical facilities but had failed all conventional treatments as well as “alternative” treatments. By utilizing any and all necessary conventional, traditional, as well as integrative and alternative medical treatments, we have been able to restore this essential balance and reestablish health and vitality in the vast majority of our patient population.
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