Integrated and Integrative Cancer Care places the patient at the centre of care when facing a diagnosis of cancer, involving them in the decision making process on the best tools and approaches available if this is an area which is important to them.
The focus is not only on the tumour, cancer, cancerous or haematological process within the body but also focuses on the surrounding areas of a person which includes the mind, spirit, sleep, immune system, inflammatory state, and the general health of the rest of the body. This approach respects that illness, specifically cancer, can be multi-factorial with multiple causes or factors in which the goal of integrated cancer care is to address these whenever possible. As we know people with the exact same cancer and stage can be very different from each other.
While treatment approaches such as immunotherapy, targeted therapy, surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation may be integral in your care, there is also an important emphasis on diet, nutrition, physical activity, mental-welling being, select natural health medicines, intravenous therapies, hyperthermia, along with the diverse treatment options that exist in other healthcare modalities that include but are not limited to naturopathic medicine, acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine, ayurvedic medicine, and massage therapy just to name a few.
There is a growing body of evidence that both survival and quality of life can be enhanced by this approach.
The goal is to empower people, enhance quality of life, and improve survival. This model can be safely incorporated at any stage of a cancer treatment program –before, during, or after.
At LEMMO Integrated Cancer Care & Health Centre, we have been providing such care since 1999.