Integrative oncology pairs traditional oncology with a variety of other areas, including alternative therapies, cancer prevention, cancer survivorship, psychological support, education, nutrition, spirituality, mind/body, acupuncture and holistic approaches to healing and wellness.
The Sue Stiles Program in Integrative Oncology was established at UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center in 2001 with the following major goals:
- Patient and physician education
- Basic and preclinical research
- Clinical trials and patient care
Recent studies indicate that more than 80% of Americans with cancer use some form of alternative medical therapy. Overall, it is estimated that U.S. healthcare consumers spend about $27 billion each year on complementary and alternative medical therapies.
This high interest in unconventional therapies led the U.S. Congress to establish the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health in order to facilitate scientific research in this area. Much remains to be learned about the most effective and safe use of these promising complementary treatments and their integration with other therapies.
For more information, please visit the program's website at http://canceralternatives.mednet.ucla.edu.