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CAM Therapies and Optimal Survivorship

Russ Greenfield, MD

The acronym “CAM” stands for complementary and alternative medicine. The term is still used frequently in some circles, but has largely been replaced by integrative medicine, defined as healing oriented medicine that takes account of the whole person – body, mind and spirit, family, community and environment, and all aspects of lifestyle. It emphasizes the therapeutic relationship between patient and caregiver, and makes use of all appropriate therapies, both conventional and complementary.

By definition, “alternative medicine” implies treatment that does not include conventional medical care. Conventional medicine may have its shortcomings, but when it comes to managing urgent and emergent medical conditions, continuing advances in modern medical care and the highly skilled practitioners who provide it offer the best chance for successful outcomes. Complementary therapies can be useful, however, especially as a means of supporting overall health and healing.

Integrative care promotes a personalized approach to wellbeing that includes a combination of the best conventional medical practices—dietary and lifestyle measures that can help you better take control of your health—and evidence-based complementary therapies.

How do you determine which, if any, complementary therapies might be of benefit to you? You could search the Internet, of course, or ask for advice from the clerk at your neighborhood health food store, but it would be far better to obtain guidance from providers who are also well versed in complementary therapies.

You can find that at Levine Cancer Institute. Integrative oncology combines the best conventional cancer treatment with safe, effective complementary therapies. These include:

  • Acupuncture
  • Massage therapy
  • Therapeutic yoga
  • Guided imagery
  • Healing arts
  • Physical fitness

At Levine Cancer Institute, you experience personalized care for your condition—healing your body, mind and spirit. Ask your doctor if the complementary therapies offered at the Institute might be right for you.

To learn more, please call the Cancer Resource Center at 980-442-1006.

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