Integrative Oncology Leaders' Criticisms of JAMA Oncology Article on Complementary Medicine Association with Increased Risk of Death
A similar review was published in Reuters: Cancer patients using alternative medicine may skip some standard care.
Several leaders in the field of integrative oncology have since written criticisms of this study. Main points from Moshe Frankel, MD, are included here, followed by links to other commentaries.
Integrative Cancer Care: How Far We’ve Come!
It was a very significant event when the American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) endorsed the Society for Integrative Oncology (SIO) clinical practice guidelines for breast cancer. ASCO is the leading organization of its kind. SIO is the leading organization of its kind. Historically, these two organizations, both committed to quality oncology care, did not share the same view or value of weaving the best conventional cancer care with the best complementary approaches.
Cancer-Fighting Kitchen Course
I am thrilled to be able to share the life-giving, spirit-supporting foods and secrets to happy tastebuds I’ve discovered over many years of cooking for people with cancer.
After Mastectomy Surgery: It’s the Little Things
I’ve learned there’s a huge difference between having a lumpectomy and having a mastectomy, because I’ve now had both. Both are scary—what surgery isn’t?—but a mastectomy is “major,” as countless people have told me, and much more physically challenging in the immediate post-operative days and weeks. Read more.
Cancer, Again: Acupuncture and Guided Meditation as Part of the Surgery Experience
Acupuncture made an enormous difference in my ability to tolerate chemo during my first breast cancer experience in 1999. So when I got diagnosed with a second breast cancer earlier this year, I turned instinctively to acupuncture. Read more.
My entry into the club that no one wants to be a member of came 19 years ago when I had breast cancer—for the first time. The second time (but wait, wasn’t I supposed to be done with cancer??) came earlier this year. Read more.
Intuition: The Lost Art of Medicine (And How to Get It Back)
I used to be a total skeptic when it came to intuition. Having grown up in Texas in an evangelical community, then going through western medicine training, I would say that my “gut feeling,” if I had one, was to steer clear of any such practices. Read more.
Sitting with Uncertainty
Here are my specific questions for you.
- What helps you when you are waiting for test results?
- When you receive unfavorable medical news how do you respond?
- What helps?
When my father developed cancer in 1980, I started looking for ways to help him. I was already interested in integrative medicine. I spent several years exploring integrative cancer therapies. Read more.
How to Use This Site
Welcome to Beyond Conventional Cancer Therapies. The first thing to know is that this site is under development! Read more.
Welcome to BCCT
This website began over lunch at a good vegetarian restaurant in New York City. My friend and colleague, Lucy Waletzky, MD, unexpectedly said to me: "Why don't we create a website that updates your book?"