Integrative Cancer Care: Introduction

Key Points

  • In integrative cancer care, patients and their cancer treatment teams work together to find appropriate conventional and complementary therapies that have been shown to be effective and safe.
  • BCCT provides a tour of various types of cancer therapies and care.

What is integrative cancer care? The Society for Integrative Oncology offers this definition:

“Integrative oncology is a patient-centered, evidence-informed field of cancer care that utilizes mind and body practices, natural products, and/or lifestyle modifications from different traditions alongside conventional cancer treatments. Integrative oncology aims to optimize health, quality of life, and clinical outcomes across the cancer care continuum and to empower people to prevent cancer and become active participants before, during, and beyond cancer treatment.”1

BCCT provides a tour of this field:

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