Integrative Oncology: A Healthier Way to Fight Cancer

Integrative oncology enhances conventional treatment strategies. And its lessons could help more of us avoid cancer entirely.

By Pamela Weintraub / May 2013

DeAnne Salmon, a product designer from Jacksonville, Ore., comes from a family plagued by cancer. Her mother died from colon cancer at age 54. Salmon’s sister died from breast cancer at age 52. It’s no surprise that Salmon became something of a health fanatic, turning to exercise, organic foods and a raft of supplements in order to thwart the disease. “It never occurred to me that after doing everything right, I could get cancer, too,” she says.

But in 2011, right on schedule at age 52, Salmon was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her stage 2A invasive ductal carcinoma wasn’t necessarily a death sentence, but doctors were concerned after finding a second tumor behind the first. Salmon followed her doctor’s advice, opting for a mastectomy followed by a short-course chemotherapy regimen to kill malignant cells. The side effects were not for the faint of heart: high levels of pain, hair and fingernail loss, constipation, diarrhea, unrelenting fatigue, and memory loss.

“I had to do something to help myself through the chemo,” says Salmon.

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Chanda Hinton an Advocate for Alternative Treament for Spinal Cord Injuries

By: Clayton Woullard
December 5, 2012

Up until she was 21, Chanda Hinton had been treating the spinal cord injury that left her a quadriplegic at age 9 with only western medicine treatments.

Then they stopped working. She was bedridden and sick from all the medicine she was taking.

So her siter, who was a yoga instructor, recommended she pursue massage therapy treatments to keep her muscles from deteriorating. Then she tried acupuncture and chiropractic treatments, and got to a point where she could get out of bed. Click here to read the rest of the article.