Oncologists at several of the most advanced cancer treatment centres in the US, including the Center for Integrative Medicine and Wellness at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago are using therapies including yoga, acupuncture and stress management.
A spokesman from the Integrative Medicine Program at The University of Texas explained:
"Integrative medicine is a philosophy based on treating patients by focusing on the whole person and using both conventional and complementary therapies in a multidisciplinary care fashion.....It is similar to complementary medicine, but one key difference is that there is an open communication between practitioners of the different traditions."
These centres appear to be following their patients lead as more patients with cancer are turning to integrative medicine or integrative oncology methods (between 30% and 80% of patients use some form of integrative or complementary medicine) and traditional oncology centres have been setting up integrative medicine centers as there has been a growing awareness of the value of integrative oncology therapies, among traditional oncologists.
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Jayney Goddard is one of the world's leading experts in the field of complementary medicine and natural healthcare. She is President of The Complementary Medical Association and is also a Fellow of The Royal Society of Medicine and a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health.