Integrative Medicine in Cancer Survivors:

Paul V. Viscusea, Katharine Priceb, Denise Millstinec, et. al. (2017)  

Current Opinion in Oncology. 29(4):235–242, JUL 2017

doi: 10.1097/CCO.0000000000000376

Cancer survivors often experience side effects to treatment that can significantly impact their quality of life (e.g. fatigue, pain, fear of recurrence, and stress). Integrative medicines including mind-body modalities, acupuncture and massage therapy along with wellness practices such as physical activity and diet play a role in managing physical and emotional issues common in those individuals dealing with cancer. 

 Article's Key Points:

 ·       Common concerns during and after cancer treatment include "fatigue, pain, neuropathy, lymphedema, difficulty sleeping, weight gain, cognitive dysfunction, sexual dysfunction, psychological distress, and fear of recurrence."

·       "Integrative Medicine and wellness practices boost the physical, emotional, and spiritual health of a person" 

·       There is a growing body of evidence demonstrating the effectiveness of these integrative practices in the cancer population. (However further studies are needed)

·       There is a strong correlation between physical activity and improved quality of life.