The term Integrative Medicine refers to the blending of conventional and complementary medicines and/or therapies, along with lifestyle interventions. It is a holistic approach, taking into account the physical, psychological, social and spiritual wellbeing of the person, with the aim of using the most appropriate, safe and evidence-based therapies available.
Integrative Medicine reaffirms the importance of the relationship between practitioner and patient, focuses on the whole person, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapeutic approaches, health care professionals and disciplines to achieve optimal health and wellbeing. The focus of integrative medicine is to provide optimal outcomes in terms of patient satisfaction and wellbeing as well as disease prevention and treatment. The demand for a more integrative approach to healthcare is largely driven by Australian consumers with a large percentage of the population using some form of complementary medicine.
In cancer care, the term commonly used is Integrative Oncology. In some states of the US, and Canada, the field is driven by board registered oncology specialized naturopaths, however Australia does not have the same regulatory systems in place. That means that consumers must discern between evidence informed natural medicine practitioners, holistic medical professionals, and the high risk non evidence based practitioners of various healing modalities.
Solaris Cancer Care encourages an integrative, well-informed understanding of health and wellness based on current research. We are committed to supporting all people with cancer, regardless of their treatment choices.