Even though there is not currently a cure for cancer, there are still numerous treatments that can be offered to help fight cancer.
In this episode, we discuss the different treatment options available for patients battling cancer.
Functional and integrative medical approaches to cancer care are similar in that they both aim to address the whole person and not just the disease or symptom. They both use conventional Western medicine along with complementary and alternative treatments that have been researched and proven to be safe and effective12. However, they differ in their focus and methods.
Functional medicine is a system-based approach that seeks to identify and treat the root causes of chronic diseases, such as cancer, by looking at how different factors such as genetics, environment, lifestyle, and nutrition affect the functioning of the body’s systems34. Functional medicine uses advanced testing and personalized interventions to restore balance and optimize health34.
Integrative medicine is a patient-centered approach that combines conventional Western medicine with complementary and alternative treatments that have been shown to improve quality of life, reduce side effects, and enhance treatment outcomes for people with cancer12. Integrative medicine uses evidence-based practices such as acupuncture, massage, yoga, meditation, supplements, and dietary modifications to support the physical, mental, and spiritual well-being of cancer patients12.
Both functional and integrative medicine require collaboration between the patient and the health care provider, as well as a holistic view of health and disease. They both offer potential benefits for people with cancer who want to enhance their healing process and improve their overall health31.