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Complementary Medicine and Patient Information: integrative medicine
By Lorenzo Cohen, recorded at TAO (Transatlantic Oncology meeting), Nov 20-21, 2014, Paris
The majority of cancers could be prevented, if people made appropriate lifestyle choices, for example with regard to tobacco consumption and nutrition. However, these lifestyle factors are also important for patients after their diagnosis for improving their outcomes. Conventional medicine targets the tumor, whereas integrative medicine includes not only physical, but also psycho-spiritual and social well-being. It focuses, for example, on nutrition, exercise, acupuncture, psychology, meditation, support groups and social integration. The goal is to come up with the right prescription for the patients based on their individual needs in order to improve their clinical outcomes. Lorenzo Cohen provides an overview of the field as a whole and, in particular, how integrative medicine is applied at MD Anderson.
Lorenzo Cohen, MD Anderson, Houston, USA