Cancer is one of the leading causes of death in the United States today. What should you know about cancer therapies and prevention plans so that you can make an informed decision?

Fox news reports on cancer therapies.

Experts are saying there is more to cancer care than taking cancer cells out of the body. Researchers are saying it is equally important to maintain quality of life while undergoing treatment.

The study shows that staying strong enough to fight the disease and maintain work and family routines during treatment should be part of any cancer care program. Research shows that patients should be offered integrative therapies to supplement conventional surgical, radiation and chemotherapy treatments.

Researchers are also emphasizing the importance of particularizing the treatment plan to the patient, because every cancer and every cancer patient is different. “Different combinations of both traditional and integrative oncology therapies should be customized for every treatment plan. It’s important to work with a knowledgeable oncology team to understand your options, how they work, and be sure that they’re offered at your treatment center,” according to Fox.

Do you know what integrative cancer care is and how it can help you?

Cancer treatments usually consist of some combination of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. The amalgamation of these treatment options with therapies designed to maintain quality of life during treatment is what is known as an integrative cancer treatment plan.

Treatment therapies to increase energy and maintain the immune system during treatment, manage fatigue and guard against malnutrition are all essential to a person. Experts are saying the more therapeutic choices you have, the better you will be able to customize a treatment plan that is best for you.

What do these integrative therapies include? These integrative therapies may mean nutritional counseling, naturopathic medicine, physical therapy, chiropractic care, acupuncture, mind-body therapy, meditation and spiritual support. Experts are saying that patients need to take into account all of these options when choosing a hospital and approving a treatment plan.

How important is nutrition in cancer care?

Research shows that, “fully eight out of ten cancer patients show symptoms of malnutrition. This may cause the loss of lean body mass, which can compromise the function of the immune system and weaken the patient. Nutritional therapy is therefore crucial for restoring digestive health and helping you stay strong to maintain your prescribed cancer treatment plan.”

Who can you go to, to find out what your nutrition plan should look like?

A person can go to a dietitian who typically understands how the body metabolizes nutrients when a patient is undergoing chemotherapy or radiation and can help optimize nutrient intake during treatment cycles. And a stable diet could help decrease the threat of a secondary cancer or other chronic illnesses to which some cancer patients are more susceptible because of their weak immune systems.

Experts are saying that naturopathic care should also be utilized; this includes a referral to acupuncture, lifestyle counseling and also natural non-toxic therapies (herbal and botanical preparations, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, homeopathic plant extracts). All of these things are known to help keep symptoms at bay and inspire healing.

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