Download PDF version of Michael Thomsen's talk Approaching Integrative Oncology, first presented at Woodford Folk Festival, 2016
Have you recently been diagnosed with cancer and are wondering how to reduce the side effects of treatment and maintain optimal health?
Have you completed medical treatment but are wondering what else you can do to help reduce the risk of the cancer recurring?
For the majority of people, a cancer diagnosis is the beginning of a long and complicated journey through the health care system. Finding your way through this system can be challenging, particularly when you are also managing the physical and emotional effects of cancer.
Your support team
A diagnosis of cancer affects more than just your physical health. It can cause worry and distress for you and your family and friends, in addition to practical concerns
Supportive care helps to meet your social, psychological and physical needs and provides you with the relevant information to better understand the implications of the procedures and treatments being offered to you.
Multidisciplinary or team care involves a group of health professionals with appropriate skills to manage your treatment and care options.
It is often necessary for you to bring your own team together to ensure you receive the best care.
Your team may include a surgeon, GP, oncologist, radiologists, specialist nurses, counsellors and allied health practitioners.