Integrative oncology? Does that mean it involves calculus?
October 7, 2013 9:33 AM Subscribe
Fucking integrative oncology: How does it work? I have questions about integrative oncology and whether it's a valid area of research and treatment or the shiny new woo-woo thing dressed up with medical-sounding words.
posted by rmd1023 to health & fitness (21 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
So, I have a friend who has an unpleasant uterine leiomyosarcoma cancer with associated other unwelcome hangers-on. She is currently being treated by some wonderful experts, but at this point she's wondering if she's running out of useful expertise from them. She's looking around to see what else might be helpful. There's a phrase being bandied about, "integrative oncology", that appears to involve careful nutrition to help beef up the immune system and otherwise help the body be nice to the healthy tissue while doctors are irradiating and poisoning the cancerous tissue.
Is there anything legit in this, or is it still exploratory? Particularly with regard to patients with unusual sarcomas? Last I checked, there weren't any really good studies on whether changes in nutrition during cancer treatments have an effect on results, and the ones there were tended to be observational rather than anything with a control group type setup. She's in Boston, so if there are folks doing good work with this closer to Boston, better, but travel isn't out of the question.
NB: No, she's not looking to abandon the world of evidence-based medicine. Also, it really is for a friend, as I remain cancer-free afaik.