Q: How is cancer treatment different today than it has been in the past?
A: The field of oncology is changing rapidly. We now have more tools in our tool chest than ever before, ranging from chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation to nutrition, supplementation, and stress reduction therapies. The art of cancer treatment today is to choose which treatments are best for each patient on a case-by-case basis, in order to maximize treatment effectiveness and minimize side effects while enhancing overall health. This field is known as integrative oncology, and I believe it is the best way to treat cancer.
Q: How do you choose which cancer treatment(s) to recommend for each patient?
A: I view each cancer case like a fingerprint – no two are exactly alike. Each patient’s internal environment is a unique culmination of his or her specific cancer diagnosis, genetics, lifetime environmental exposures, and even emotional stressors. Every detail matters. Using a combination of advanced diagnostic and lab testing, as well as a thorough understanding of each patient’s unique history, a personalized treatment plan is developed. This is contrary to the one-size-fits-all approach many oncologists today are still using.
Q: What advice would you give to patients investigating cancer treatment options for themselves or a loved one?
A: Knowledge is power! I encourage patients (and their families) to do their research and not feel rushed into a decision. Oncology can be a very fear-based specialty if we aren’t careful, and I find that approach to be counterproductive. Choosing which treatments to pursue is a huge decision, and patients should feel confident in their decisions. However, spending too much time trying to find the perfect treatment is likely to be detrimental, not only because many cancers are aggressive, but also because there is a lot of bad information out there (especially on the internet!).
Q: How can patients get more information?
A: The best way is to visit my website, cancersecrets.com, where I share a wide range of helpful information in a variety of formats. My bestselling book, Cancer Secrets, can be purchased there in paperback and Kindle formats. My podcast, The Cancer Secrets Podcast, can also be accessed on the site. Finally, I post regular blog posts which are archived there. My goal is to provide as much information as possible. For those individuals looking for an integrative oncologist, my office number is (770) 551-2730, and my practice website is tcfam.com.