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Dr. Juan Godinez Explains How Complementary and Integrative Therapy for Cancer Works

Understanding How Complementary and Integrative Therapy for Cancer Works

Irving, TX – April 15, 2020 – A cancer diagnosis exposes a patient to multiple treatment options and other ways of relieving symptoms. Complementary and integrative therapies are different from mainstream medical treatments that patients may use to alleviate cancer symptoms and side effects of treatment. However, they can cannot replace conventional cancer medicines. Such methods include a special diet, herbs, vitamins, massage, acupuncture, and more.

“Complementary therapies can be used alongside regular medical care while integrative treatments are used in place of the standard medical treatments,” said Dr. Godinez. “Fusing clinical programs with complementary and integrative therapy helps to improve patient care and quality of life of patients. Before using any of these therapies, you should consult with your doctor for more advice.”

Here is how complementary and integrative therapies work;

 Complementary treatments – These methods are used to help patients feel better. They include sessions of acupuncture to relieve pain, meditation to reduce stress, or taking peppermint tea to ease nausea. There are many others, such as yoga and more. Research has shown that some complementary methods are safe and effective when used alongside standard treatment for cancer. They can help patients to cope with the side effects of chemotherapy, radiation therapy, surgery, and other cancer treatments.

 Integrative therapies – Integrative treatments are used instead of conventional medical treatments. No scientific or medical evidence has shown that these therapies can cure cancers. Some of them are not safe and cause adverse side effects. Some may sound promising, but since they have no scientific backing, they can give the patient false hopes.

It is advisable not to replace standard medical care with integrative therapy. You may lose the chance to treat your cancer on time and allow it to grow to advanced stages that are not treatable.

“Integrating evidence-based complementary and integrative therapies with your standard treatments can help you relieve some symptoms of cancer and its treatment,” continued Dr. Godinez. “Work with your doctor to determine the best strategies and the right balance between these therapies.”

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