Complementary and Integrative Medicine in Cancer Care and Prevention: Foundations and Evidence-Based Interventions

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According to the US National Center for Health Statistics and the Us Centers for Disease Control (2004), up to eighty percent of cancer patients undergoing treatment by oncologists and radiation therapists also supplement their treatments with complementary and integrative medicine(CIM). This new book written by physicians and CIM experts from many disciplines offers health care professionals the medical guidance needed to effectively learn and apply CIM modalities to cancer prevention, treatment, and control. From a detailed presentation of the underlying science of cancer to a comprehensive review of therapies, history, and legal aspects of CIM, this is a must-have for all involved in the cre of cancer patients. By presenting current evidence that CIM modalities may help improve quality of life and even help prolong survival in cancer patients, Dr. Marc S. Micozzi presents a wide range of solutions for managing the effective use of CIM as an adjunctive and supportive treatment.

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Reviewer: Theri Griego-Raby, MD (Northwestern Memorial Hospital)
Description: Dr. Micozzi captures the essence of what it takes to truly integrate multiple medical philosophies. I am elated that he refrains from using the term "alternative." Bottom line — western medical doctors must educate themselves on how to responsibly use these various healing practices and the only way to do that is to invest time in researching the literature that supports the integration and encourages self care.
Purpose: The purpose of this book is to educate oncologists and any western medical physicians about appropriate complementary and integrative medicine in cancer care and prevention. The author eloquently meets these worthwhile objectives.
Audience: The intent is to educate oncologists and other western medical physicians. Oncology fellowship programs should make this required reading.
Features: This book thoroughly reviews cancer biology and ecology and details many appropriate integrative modalities and the evidence-based research that supports the integration. The book concisely and thoroughly reviews history, description, and use of common integrative cancer care modalities. Unique inclusions are the last two chapters on a patient's perspective and the legal and regulatory issues surrounding access to alternative cancer treatments. Shortcomings include simplified sketches of the herbs and the failure to list the credentials of the authors of the chapters.
Assessment: I am encouraged and elated that Dr. Micozzi has taken on the task of educating western medical physicians who are caring for those with cancer or at risk for cancer on the use of complementary and integrative medicine. Over the past 10 years as a practicing integrative internist at a tertiary care academic university medical setting, I have experienced how the lack of physician education is a major barrier to moving integrative care, research, and education to a level where these interventions are being used with consistent accountability, safety , responsibility, and, ultimately, the patient's best interest in mind. This book achieves its objective elegantly. I would encourage any physician to read it.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826103055
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/25/2006
  • Series: Springer Series on Medical Education
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 504
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Marc S. Micozzi, MD, PhD, was the founding editor-in-chief of the Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Research on Paradigm, Practice, and Policy and the review journal Seminars in Integrative Medicine. He was a Senior Investigator for the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, MD, and Director of the Center for Integrative Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. He is currently the Founding Director of the Policy Institute for Integrative Medicine in Washington, DC, and a Senior Fellow of the Health Studies Collegium, and he maintains a part-time counseling practice in forensic medicine.

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Table of Contents

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Part 1: Biology and Ecology of Cancer
• Cancer as a Cellular Phenomenon, Marc S. Micozzi
• Cancer as a Biologic Phenomenon, Marc S. Micozzi
• Antiquity and Ecology of Cancer, Marc S. Micozzi

Part 2: Mind-Body Approaches
• Mind-Body Modalities, Carolyn Fang,
• Guided Imagery, Martin L. Rossman
• Expressive Therapies, Ilene Serlin, 
• Religion and Spirituality, Kent C. Shih, and David Larson

Part 3: Diet, Nutrition, and Natural Products
• History of Diet and Cancer in Human Evolution, Marc S. Micozzi
• Diet, Biology, and Breast Cancer, Marc S. Micozzi
• Prevention of Cancer withi Nutrients and Whole Foods, Marc S. Micozzi
• Treatment of Cancer with Nutrients, Marc S. Micozzi
• History of Alternative Cancer Diets, Marc S. Micozzi
• Natural Products in Cancer Care and Treatment, Marc S. Micozzi

Part 4: Alternative Systems of Medicine
• Naturopathy, Marc S. Micozzi
• Chinese Medicine and Cancer Care, Harriet Beinfield, Efrem Korngold, Marc S. Micozzi
• Ayurvedic Medicine, Marc S. Micozzi
• Homeopathy, Joyce Frye

Part 5: Alternative Therapies and Practices
• Controversial Therapies, Marc S. Micozzi
• Legal and Regulatory Acess to Alternative Cancer Treatments Alan Dumoff
• A Patient's Experience and Perspective, Anonymous

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