Many patients underestimate how dramatically cancer can affect them, physically and emotionally. An integrative approach to cancer care treats the disease with surgery, chemotherapy and other tools, while also supporting patients’ strength, stamina and quality of life with evidence-informed therapies.

To help patients reduce treatment delays or interruptions and
get the most out of life.

Integrative oncology, or integrative medicine, is the use of complementary, or integrative, therapies along with conventional medicine. These therapies work together with standard treatment methods (surgery, chemotherapy, radiation) to treat the patient’s body, mind and spirit. Integrative therapies can help with the goals of treatment, treatment of side effects, distress relief, and may help with treatment results and adherence.

As the need for cancer care rapidly increases, the need for quality, regulated, and responsible cancer support doctors has become critical. Naturopathic Oncology has become more and more relevant and sought after in the recent years as it answers questions and provides information regarding non conventional approaches to treat people with cancer.

The main focus of Naturopathic Oncology is enhanced survival and quality of life, for the person with cancer, through appropriate and effective integration of its practice into cancer care. 

What modalities are thought of as integrative therapies?

  • Mind-body methods – mindfulness, biofeedback, cognitive-behavioral therapy, mediation, relaxation, guided imagery, hypnosis, yoga, music therapy, creative/expressive therapies, and spirituality.
  • Biologically based practices – vitamins, herbs, foods, special diets.
  • Body based practices – massage, chiropractic interventions, reflexology.
  • Energy medicine – Reiki, Tai chi, Jin Shin Jyutsu, therapeutic touch.
  • Other medical delivery systems – Chinese medicine such as acupuncture, moxibustion, homeopathy, naturopathy.

Cancer Concerns Which Respond Well to Integrative Therapy

The following is a brief list of cancer types we frequently see here at Atlanta Integrative Medicine as well as aspects of care we consider. By no means is this exhaustive; please contact the clinic directly if you have a question about a specific diagnosis or therapy not listed below.

  • Supportive and Integrative care for most types of cancer (Breast Cancer, Brain Cancer, Liver cancer, Colon cancer, Lung cancer, skin cancer, Bladder cancer pancreatic cancer, Lymphoma and Leukemias, etc)
  • Supportive care before, during and after chemotherapy and radiation therapy
  • Complications of therapy support
  • Pre and post-surgical support
  • Advanced diagnostic/lab procedures
  • Long-term support for cancer survivors
  • Expert integrative oncology support


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