Integrative Oncology at Mazumdar Shaw Cancer Center is committed to delivering high-quality cancer care. The department focuses on improving the patient's endurance to receive aggressive cancer treatment by enhancing his/her overall well being with good nutrition, reduce stress, boost immune system, lifestyle modifications according to disease-specific needs, physical rehab, individual and family counseling among others to ensure that the cancer treatment can be more effective and delivered without treatment delays or interruption.
Our department focuses on all the dimensions of a patient's well being including physical, psychological, social, spiritual thereby giving a holistic care with patient and family-centered approach. This personalized care can, in turn, enhance the treatment outcome.
Getting a diagnosis of cancer can be devastating. The mind has a very powerful impact on the body and the negative dysfunctional thoughts could have a detrimental impact on the way you feel and behave and in turn hinder the treatment process and outcome.
Mind-Body medicine helps the overall emotional well being during cancer treatment by focusing on screening patients and caregivers for dysfunctional thoughts and beliefs, depression, anxiety, anticipatory grief and help with individual and family counseling, stress reduction strategies, pharmacotherapy for depression and anxiety, offer support groups for patients and caregivers.
The team has highly qualified psychiatrist and clinical psychologists and use the evidence-based approach of cognitive behavioural therapy, guided imagery among others for overall well being.
All cancer patients have some amount of malnourishment either due to cancer itself or due to the side effects of treatment. Nutrition therapy focuses on maintaining adequate calorie balanced diet to maintain the lean body mass which is key in fighting cancer.
We also focus on educating the positive and negative impact that nutrition supplements and alternative medicine can have on your health. The drug interaction with chemotherapy can make the toxicity worse or reduce the efficacy of the treatment. Our experts evaluate the medication interact with any supplements the patient may be taking and advice him/her correctly. Only the evidence-based options available with complementary and alternative medicine can be incorporated into mainstream medicine. Where data is lacking we focus on research and refrain from using unproven modalities in the best interest of cancer patients and treatment outcomes.
Pain and Symptom Management
Most cancer individuals will have some degree of physical pain or other symptoms related to cancer or treatment itself.
We focus on aggressive pain management with our team of interventional pain specialist and also palliative care specialists. This improves the quality of life and ability to focus on treatment and other daily activities.
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese procedure with many medical benefits. Acupuncture will be offered for symptom management of chemotherapy-induced refractory nausea, vomiting, a symptom of dry mouth due to radiation, and also alleviate stress and hot flashes.
Cancer patients usually have some amount of fatigue either due to disease or treatment. Our experts in rehab focus on building your strength and endurance to help keep up with daily activities and tolerate treatment maintaining a good quality of life. This department will have Physical Therapy, Speech and Swallow Therapy, Lymphedema Therapy, Chiropractic Care among others.
Patients with cancer have spiritual and emotional challenges. This needs to be addressed for overall well being and improved treatment outcome. Our expert team also handles the spiritual needs of patients and their family.
Yoga and Relaxation Techniques
Yoga is well known for many health benefits. Fatigue is a major problem in cancer patients and yoga has been proven to help with fatigue. Our department also focuses on simple stress-free yoga techniques for revitalizing your energy through pranayama. The focus is also to reduce stress, anxiety and help with good sleep. Music and art therapy is also intended to achieve the same objective of relaxation.