When patients come first, they live longer, fuller lives. Our five-year survival rate for patients with metastatic cancer is nearly five times greater than the national rate. See the data and learn what the gift of more time means to the people we care for.
When you learn you have cancer, your first stop is usually to an oncologist, a doctor who specializes in cancer treatment. This is often followed by a series of appointments with various surgeons, accompanied by a selection of tests to learn more about the progress of the disease and the best way to fight it.
This is considered standard medical care, and it’s the best line of defense against cancer. It’s practiced by doctors and other health professionals, such as nurse practitioners, registered nurses and imaging technicians. When it comes to cancer, the tools of conventional medicine include surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and other therapies – like hormonal therapies – and prescription medication. Doctors tailor treatment to each patient’s unique type of cancer and medical needs.
Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is the term for medical products and practices outside the realm of standard medical care. The two terms are often used interchangeably, but there are important differences between the two.
These days, integrative medicine is in the news. Integrative medicine is a total approach to care that involves the patient’s mind, body and spirit. It combines standard medicine with complementary approaches that have shown the most promise. Many respected institutions, such as Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, offer integrative cancer services. There’s even a Society for Integrative Oncology, dedicated to advancing evidence-based integrative healthcare to improve the lives of people affected by cancer.
At The Ghosh Center, we’ve been practicing integrative medicine for years. Care is designed around the total needs of patients, ranging from cancer-fighting medicines to stress-reducing therapies. Patients and family members have access to a host of weekly wellness services, including breathing exercises, stretching, chair yoga and Reiki. Nutritional coaching is an essential component of our integrative approach to holistic patient care. We offer these services free of charge to patients and family members. Although they’re optional, they’re highly encouraged because of the benefits they provide.
It starts with our PhaseOne Prehabilitation Program, a proactive approach that helps people prepare for treatment and supports them as they go. In the coming weeks, we’ll focus more on this program and our complementary therapies to enhance health and quality of life.