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Integrative medicine in oncology

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    Key Takeaways
    • Integrative medicine programs use complementary health approaches alongside conventional cancer treatment to help ease the symptoms of cancer and side effects of cancer treatment. Complementary health approaches are commonly classified into four categories: nutritional, psychological, physical, and combinations.
    • Providing cancer patients access to integrative medicine services can help cancer programs meet patient needs, compete with other cancer centers, and improve clinical quality.
    • There are three main ways cancer programs provide access to integrative medicine services: offering services within the cancer center, referring patients to their hospital or health system's integrative medicine program, or partnering with external integrative medicine providers.

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