When you see a new cancer patient, what process do you follow to develop a integrative treatment plan?

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DrLisaSchwartz (Physician - Oncology - Radiation (Verified) ) - 05 / 18 / 2012

Each patient is different, obviously, but there are some basics that I include in every consultation. First, I review their diagnosis and treatment plan with them. Usually I ask about their feelings and beliefs around health, illness, and life in general. We spend time discussing the impact that a healthy lifestyle has on survival, emotional well-being, and quality of life. This involves discussing exercise, good nutrition, and a healthy relaxation practice. I usually teach a simple meditation or breathing exercise. We go over some of the anticipated side effects of treatment and the complementary therapies that can help with those. We also discuss which nutritional supplements are healthy and can be used during treatment and which are to be avoided.
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