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Five Questions to Ask Your Oncologist About Using Complementary and Alternative Medicine

In Uncategorized on January 19, 2014 at 3:29 pm

Working with an Integrative Oncologist or Naturopathic Doctor can help minimize the side effects and boost the efficacy of treatment.  There are integrative departments within many hospitals these days.  Some of these departments work directly with your team, but others may be quite independent. Therapies such as massage, Reiki, exercise and stress reduction therapies will benefit most all cancer patients, however, for full integrative care, you will want to work with an expert on nutritional and supplemental therapies that target your individual needs.  Not all integrative specialists have a full understanding of the benefits of these therapies and thus may not offer to integrate them into your care. While there is much research to be done, there is considerable evidence that such therapies will boost survival as well as quality of life.

So how can you improve your chances of making the most of Complementary and Alternative Medicine?  Empower yourself to ask bold questions and find the best team for your cancer and your needs.

The following is a shared with permission from the January Newsletter for The Radical Remission Project:

Questions for your Oncologist, by Dr Kelly Turner, PhD

Founder, The Radical Remission Project

kelly turner camMany cancer patients would like to use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) alongside their conventional cancer treatment. However, their oncologists do not always know enough about CAM to know which treatments are helpful versus which ones may be contraindicated.

If you would like to use CAM for your cancer, then look for an oncologist who will be supportive of your wishes.  In the best case scenario, your oncologist would answer “Yes” to these 5 questions:

5 Questions to Ask Your Oncologist About Using CAM  

  1. Are you open to my using CAM alongside my Western medicine treatment?
  2. Do you believe that changes in diet, stress, and exercise can help my immune system?
  3. Have you read any of the latest studies on CAM, or gone to any recent CAM conferences?
  4. If I find a CAM practitioner that I like, would you be willing to talk to him/her about my case?
  5. Have any of your other patients integrated CAM with their conventional treatment? If so, how did it go?

Click HERE for a list of integrative oncologists compiled by the Society for Integrative Oncology.


View my YouTube video with Dr Turner–Natural Alternatives to Tamoxifen

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Read Radical Remission: Surviving Cancer Against All Odds

If you cannot find an integrative oncologist or naturopathic doctor in your area, contact a coach—s/he may be able to help you directly or connect you with the best doctor for your needs.


             ~~If you don’t know your options, you don’t have any~~

Elyn Jacobs is a breast cancer survivor, professional cancer strategist, speaker, and the Executive Director for the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation. Elyn empowers women to choose the path for treatment that best fits their own individual needs. She is passionate about helping others move forward into a life of health and well-being. Elyn has been featured on CNN Money, Talk About Health, and Breast Cancer Answers and has written for the Pink Paper, Breast Cancer Wellness, Integrative Oncology Essentials, Surviving Beautifully, Body Local and more, and writes the Options for Life column for the Natural Healing-Natural Wellness Newsletter.  Elyn hosts the Survive and Live Well Radio Show on the Cancer Support Network. Elyn lives in New York with her husband and two young boys. https://elynjacobs.wordpress.com/about/

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