Many cancer patients are interested in complementary and alternative medicine. I help patients understand how some of these therapies can help while others can be counter-productive. I also counsel patients on what else they can do to help themselves before, during, and after cancer treatment, taking advantage of what integrative medicine has to offer. Integrative medicine can reduce symptoms, improve quality of life, facilitate disease prevention, and promote wellness.
I am a principal investigator of several research projects on acupuncture and botanical/herbal agents, which are funded by the National Institutes of Health. I have authored review articles and medical textbook chapters on Integrative Medicine. These include “Integrative Oncology Clinical Practice Guidelines” adopted by the Society of Integrative Oncology and American College of Chest Physicians, and “Integrative Medicine Research: Context and Priorities” commissioned by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. I have a particular interest in physician education. I am also active in the professional community and serve as the current president of the Society for Integrative Oncology.