What is Integrative Oncology

Top Therapies and Practices Beneficial across Several Cancer Types:

The prevalence of some healing practices, appropriate habits, and complementary therapies have shown effective outcomes for the health of patients suffering from different cancer types. These healing approaches are considered necessary due to the following aspects:

  • One is capable of focussing on therapies with the best effectiveness.
  • Cross-cancer effectiveness provides feedback on the importance of these therapies in some less common cancers sharing some features with the researched cancers. Many therapies have not yet been investigated in less common cancer types.

Investigations have been done by researching the candidates who showed effectiveness for each therapy across different cancer types. The current study has not supported complementary therapies, healing practices and healthy habits to be enough for curing and eliminating cancer. It has been observed that the therapies listed for cancer treatment show efficacy in collaboration with conventional treatments. Some of them may provide alternative treatments in the case when all the conventional treatment options are exhausted.

The healing practices, along with healthy habits and complementary therapies, have been proven to be effective in improving the body’s internal biochemical environment, making it less supportive regarding cancer growth and metastasis (Tabish, 2008). Healing practices, healthy habits, and complementary therapies can be very effective in enhancing the individual’s health and building up resilience against a cancer recurrence in case of adhering to treatment or ending up with conventional treatment. Current research is being conducted on therapies showing efficacy in optimizing the body’s function and reducing the risk of cancer recurrence.

Need for the therapies:

The therapies are offered to improve the quality of life among cancer patients of different cancer types. The therapies help provide better treatment for particular cancer, optimize the body functioning of the patients, and decrease the cancer risk or recurrence among cancer patients (Arruebo et al., 2011). The therapies show primary efficacy for the solid tumors associated with the blood or lymph tumors. The researchers have explored the therapies used as complementary therapies for common cancer types such as breast cancer, colorectal cancer, prostate cancer and many more. Also, lifestyle habits have significantly impacted solid tumors that take several years to develop. The advantages of therapies and risk factors depend on cancer type, stage, other treatments, medical conditions, experience and many more. Experienced medical professionals are recommended while integrating the therapies into cancer treatment. 


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