Integrative Oncology Explained


If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, you’ve likely received a smorgasbord of treatments to ensure the best outcomes.

With pancreatic cancer, for example, your oncologist may recommend chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, or a combination of all three. But how do doctors go beyond the basics to support patients throughout their treatment journey, from weathering the toll of toxic chemotherapies to managing fear during survivorship? That’s where integrative oncology comes in.

“On a very basic level, cancer is a disease where patients have lost control over a part of their bodies,” says Santosh Rao, M.D., Medical Director of Integrative Oncology for University Hospitals Connor Whole Health in Cleveland, Ohio. “With integrative oncology, our goal is to support patients during treatment and help them feel less helpless.”

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