Understanding true integrative medicine when it comes to cancer and chronic disease is so important for patients and physicians. Choosing the wrong type of integrative medicine can cause patients to miss the best technologies from all over the world and to subsequently be pigeonholed into feel good medicine combined with the same old process of chemotherapy or surgery. A recent article published by Medscape, explores why many alternative, complementary and integrative cancer medical “treatments” are really “myths.” Interestingly enough, these same treatments are offered at Sloan Kettering, Mayo Clinic, MD Anderson and Cancer Centers of America as integrative medicine. If you wonder why so many want to advertise that term, it can perhaps be attributed to roughly 60% of the patient base that is seeking integrative options (1). Patients want options; many times the conventional system fails them in late stage and complex cancers. This is because a deeper diagnosis is lacking, and the mainstream hospital system prefers a drug method over a personalized approach. The cancer industry as a whole has become managers of “terminal disease” and has moved away from the idea of curing people. Unipathic Medicine opposes this shift and seeks to provide patients and physicians with true integrative medicine when it comes to cancer and chronic disease using a unique medical blue print for each cancer patient.
In the Medscape article, which is titled “Mythbusters: Complementary and Alternative Treatments in Cancer” by Victoria Stern, integrative treatments are listed such as: acupuncture, massage, Reiki, supplements, meditation, not eating sugar, and exercise. Most patients think that the feel good therapies that are listed by Stern and some others like light therapy and music therapy are the extent of integrative medicine, but they couldn’t be further from the truth. It is the physician’s job to sort through all of this information and help patients choose the best forms of medicine available to them. The treatments mentioned in the article are not integrative at all based on Unipathic Medicine’s standards and quality control. None of the treatments mentioned are science based and they don’t define integrative medicine as a whole. Unipathic Medicine defines true integrative medicine as using genetic testing, molecular profiling, tumor microenvironment, intravenous nutrition, and immunotherapy testing to fight cancer, all based on highly detailed laboratory testing and work ups. This in turn provides physicians with a “medical blueprint” which is followed by advanced construction of a detailed treatment plan using the best treatments from around the world.
Knowing the current problems in oncology like shortage of doctors, lack of customization, lack of new technologies and most importantly, lack of deeper diagnosis and comprehensive treatments that get to the root cause of disease, we developed the best of all disciplines, Unipathic Medicine, and it’s the future of medicine. Unipathic Medicine solves all the answers to the aforementioned problems by providing the patient with what they need based on detailed in-depth state of the art testing that is paired with the proper treatments to help the patient best. In fact, most patients have not been exposed to this level of personalized medicine before and this is where true integration shines. Choosing the right integrative care is crucial for patient health and outcomes. If you wish to learn more about Unipathic Medicine, feel free to contact us.