Cancer affects all of us, whether you are daughter, mother, sister, friend, coworker, doctor or patient.

WHAT IS INTEGRATIVE ONCOLOGY

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON
INTEGRATIVE ONCOLOGY

Aim of this conference is to create, to assess what the field of Integrative Oncology has to offer cancer patients.

Here, in the conference our masters will talk about practice of Integrative oncology and how Integrative medicine can enhance cancer treatment and will discuss how homoeopathy mistletoe therapy along with integrative medicine fits into cancer prevention.

The field of oncology (cancer treatment) is fairly new but has exploded in recent years and become more and more specialized. A patient may need a surgical oncologist to remove a tumor, a radiation oncologist for radiation therapy and a medical oncologist to provide chemotherapy, hormone therapy and targeted cancer therapy (drugs that block cancer spread). Some oncologists now specialize in treating only certain types of cancer, such as colorectal or pancreatic. This increasing specialization benefits patients in that they get care from physicians who are experts in their specific disease, but in the process, the specialist may tend to see only the tumor and not the patient. Integrative oncology looks at the whole patient, body, mind and spirit.

We tell our patients that cancer as a weed. Modern western oncology is focused on destroying the weed while integrative oncology concentrates on the soil the weed grows in and on making the soil as inhospitable as possible to the growth and spread of the weed.

We also recognize that many cancer patients are people who have been highly functional and in control of their lives. A cancer diagnosis takes away that control and puts them at the mercy of doctors. In our practice, we try to return to the patient some sense of control by giving them things they can do to take their lives back into their own hands. At the same time we are also trying to decrease ongoing inflammation in the body, which is at the root of many chronic diseases, and to enlist the body's innate immunity to fight against the cancer as well as decreasing stress and increasing hope.

Integrative approaches are vital. Patients have lost a sense of control and their bodies have been assaulted with chemotherapy and radiation. Learning mind body techniques - guided imagery, hypnosis, mindfulness, stress, reduction, yoga, T'ai chi - helps decrease stress. Many people blame the stress in their lives for the development of cancer but stress itself is not enough to cause cancer, but it does affect production of hormones such as epinephrine and cortisol that can depress the immune system. So, overall, stress may lead to an increased risk that cancer will spread and to shorter survival.

WHAT IS INTEGRATIVE ONCOLOGY

Cancer Care Foundation

Cancer Care Foundation, Global Homeopathy Foundation (GHF) and Motiwala Homoeopathic Medical College & Hospital are organizing one of the largest international conference on integrative oncology in the world on 19-21 January 2018, Nashik (India).

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