"Integrative oncology is a field that seeks to bring together therapies and practice from other cultures and traditions into conventional cancer care to help patients.. .during cancer treatments."
Jun J. Mao, MD, MSCE, is chief of Integrative Medicine Services at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and past president and liaison forthe Society for Integrative Oncology, a Strategic Alliance Partner of CancerNetwork[R], home of the journal ONCOLOGY[R]
As access to cancer care varies from patient to patient, factors such as time to diagnosis and the type of intervention use to treat them are largely tied to their surroundings.
The Society for Integrative Oncology (SIO), a Strategic Alliance Partner of CancerNetwork[R], home of the journal ONCOLOGY[R], has put a focus on equal access to oncological care, no matter where a patient is in the world. A recently published review article by Jun J. Mao, MD, MSCE, an integrative medicine specialist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, and colleagues explores global challenges of cancer treatment and how cancer could be prevented.
"We don't have enough health care providers, like the traditional and complementary health providers such as healers, massage therapists, or yoga instructors," Mao said in an interview. "They could potentially help patients engage in cancer prevention activities, quit smoking, or get cancer screening. Cancer can be diagnosed at an earlier stage or prevented altogether."
Mao talks about what he and his colleagues at SIO wrote about, what recommendations were made, and how clinicians can adapt to integrative oncology.
What is integrative care and how does it apply to the treatment of patients with cancer?
A: Integrative oncology is a field that seeks to bring together therapies and practice from other cultures and traditions into conventional cancer care to help patients manage the physical and psychological [adverse effects] of cancer and empower them during...