How to Combine Your Conventional Cancer Treatment with Integrative Care

How to Combine Your Conventional Cancer Treatment with Integrative Care

Did you know that 80% of cancer patients are malnourished? Conventional cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy, can stifle your appetite and make it difficult for you to process food. Being malnourished is just one side effect of traditional cancer care. Pain, fatigue, and depression can also make the recovery process slow and painful.

If you’re looking at care options, there is an alternative to relying solely on traditional cancer care. Integrative care combines traditional and complementary approaches, giving you the support you need as you recover from cancer.

At Today’s Integrative Health, we have the experience and expertise to offer you the best treatments available. Let’s take a look at how we combine conventional cancer treatment with complementary care.

The integrative care approach

Cancer treatment can take a massive toll on your physical and emotional health. Integrative care aims to strengthen your body and mind and relieve your pain as you undergo cancer treatment. The holistic, integrative approach combines many therapies, such as:

Mind-body medicine

This therapy involves utilizing the powerful force of your mind. Techniques include meditation, creative work, and using positive emotions.

Chiropractic care

With chiropractic care, a practitioner adjusts the alignments of your bones and muscles to relieve your pain and discomfort.

Nutrition therapy

Being underweight or underfed can have a significant impact on the speed and quality of your recovery. Getting the nutrition you need can strengthen your body in its fight against cancer.

Lifestyle support

With this therapy, an experienced counselor will explore your lifestyle and show you how you can make small adjustments to improve the quality of your life.

Pain management

Patients often say that pain is the worst part of cancer. Our health specialists will give you the tools you need to manage your pain.

Combining these techniques with the traditional medicine can significantly aid the quality and speed of your recovery.

Get involved in your care

Always talk with your doctor or medical team when undergoing cancer treatment. Find out from them what the procedures will entail, how long you will be experiencing them, and what to expect when treatment finishes. The knowledge you gain will let you know what to expect in your recovery process and help you decide on the best path forward.

Start integrative care right away

It’s never too early to begin integrative care. Many doctors will recommend that you begin a vitamin program to help boost your immune system. Lifestyle therapy can introduce you to a daily exercise routine to strengthen your body. And dietary counseling can help you learn how to get proper nourishment and understand how treatment will affect your appetite. The sooner you get started, the sooner you and your doctor can develop a strategy that moves you forward.

Many patients are often overwhelmed as they go through cancer treatment. At Today’s Integrative Health, we understand how overwhelming it can be. We’ll answer all your questions and provide the quality care you need as you recover from cancer. To learn more, book an appointment with Today’s Integrative Health online or over the phone today.

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Dr. L. J. Leo

Dr. Leo began his education at the Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Blacksburg, Virginia, where he earned his doctorate in osteopathy. He completed his internal medicine residency through the U.S. Army and had the honor of serving multiple overseas tours before retirement.

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