Newly diagnosed cancer patients need cancer coaching. Unless the cancer patient is diagnosed with “pre” or “in-situ” cancer, treatment and long-term care requires conventional (FDA approved), integrative, complementary, and alternative therapies. A newly diagnosed cancer patient can’t rely on their oncologist to talk to them about evidence-based integrative therapies to enhance the efficacy of their conventional chemo. Or any therapy outside of the purview of the Food and Drug Administration.
I am both a long-term cancer survivor and a cancer coach. Years of experience and research has taught me that newly diagnosed cancer patients must utilize the spectrum of evidence-based cancer therapies.
“Cancer can be treated by surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, immunotherapy, and monoclonal antibody therapy. The choice of therapy depends upon the location and grade of the tumor and the stage of the disease, as well as the general state of the patient (performance status).”
“People living with cancer may consider using complementary therapy in addition to standard treatments. Many people do this to reduce the side effects of cancer treatment and improve their physical and emotional well-being. Such approaches may also help improve recovery from cancer…”
“Integrative medicine or integrative health is the combination of practices and methods of alternative medicine with evidence based medicine. The term has been popularised by, among others, Deepak Chopra, VA Shiva Ayyadurai, Andrew Weil and Prince Charles. Weil says that patients should take the Western medicine prescribed by the doctor, and could significantly benefit from complementary therapies such as omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D, and herbal remedies, meditation and other strategies.”
“Alternative cancer treatments describes alternative and complementary treatments for cancer that have not been approved by the government agencies responsible for the regulation of therapeutic goods. They include diet and exercise, chemicals, herbs, devices, and manual procedures. The treatments may be untested or unsupported by evidence, either because no proper testing has been conducted, or because testing did not demonstrate statistically significant efficacy. Concerns have been raised about the safety of some of them.”