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Integrative Oncology – Incorporation of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) with Conventional Medical Care

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If you’re interested in learning more about Integrative Oncology and the evidence surrounding its use, there are online resources available to help.

Integrative Oncology combines conventional medical care with Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) therapies like Tai Chi, Yoga, Meditation, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, Reiki, Imagery/Visualization, Creative Therapy, Hypnosis, Music Therapy, Massage, Chiropractic, Exercise, and Natural Health Products.  Key tenets of integrative oncology include the consideration of the mind, body, and spirit in the provision of health care, and the incorporation of complementary and alternative therapies with conventional medical care treatments.

Research demonstrates that a majority of people who are diagnosed with cancer are interested in accessing at least one type of CAM therapy, and most would like more information and support regarding the different evidence-based CAM therapy options.

If you are considering a CAM therapy, there are online resources to help you navigate the many CAM options, and to help you learn what options are supported by scientific evidence, what might work for you, and where you can find qualified practitioners.

Please Note: It is important to consult your oncologist and family physician before beginning any complementary therapy (CT) as there can be harmful interactions between CTs and conventional medical treatments.

A PDF guide to Integrative Oncology, written by Dr. Linda Carlson, Enbridge Research Chair in Psychosocial Oncology and Director of Research at the Department of Psychosocial Resources, Tom Baker Cancer Centre, is available by clicking the link below:

This guide to Integrative Oncology provides:

  • An explanation of what Integrative Oncology is about

  • Information regarding different Complementary and Alternative (CAM) therapies

  • Tips for making sense of the research surrounding different CAM options, and how to find evidence-based CAM therapies

Integrative Oncology Guidebook:  http://www.cancerbridges.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/IO-booklet-Jan-2014.pdf

 

 

The CAMEO (Complementary Medicine Education & Outcomes Program) website is another helpful resource for those who are interested in learning more about Integrative Oncology.  This website offers:

  • Information about the evidence surrounding CAM therapies

  • Resources regarding integration of CAM options as part of cancer care

  • Details about where to look for evidence-based CAM therapies

  • Information about local, Canadian resources (according to each province or territory)

  • Information about how to find qualified CAM practitioners in your area

The CAMEO website also provides a list of Useful Links that connect you to additional resources for further information about CAM therapies, research, and use within the context of cancer care.

You can visit the Useful Links page by clinking HERE.

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