When treating cancer, a Functional Medicine doctor would agree that both radiation and other conventional approaches are required, but then would ask what else we can do as a patient-doctor partnership? How can we promote the patient’s underlying health issues? Most Americans diets full of sugar and other unhealthy items, lack exercise, and are under chronic stress. Dr. Jager helps her patients implement changes to have the best chance of healing. A critical part of this type of care is to develop a health plan that the patient will embrace and adhere to.
Science is now proving what we all knew intuitively – that how we live, the quality of our relationships, the food we eat and how we use our bodies determines much more than our genes ever will. There are numerous strategies to combat or prevent cancer, including eating well, exercising regularly, getting sufficient sleep, and controlling stress levels.
Dr. Jager uses a Functional Medicine approach to help you achieve your health goals. Functional Medicine is a systems-oriented approach that engages both the patient and doctor in a therapeutic partnership. Instead of treating just symptoms of disease, Functional Medicine addresses the whole person. Many diseases have genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that can influence long term health and disease progression. Most doctors are not adequately trained to apply strategies such as nutrition, diet and exercise to prevent or treat chronic illness. Functional Medicine practitioners are specially trained in these areas.
Continuing to use tobacco products during treatment can suppress the body’s immune system, can make cancer treatments more difficult to tolerate, can increase the side effects of such treatments and even undermine their effectiveness. Patients with cancer already have an increased risk of a secondary cancer diagnosis, and smoking only further increases this risk.
Quitting tobacco is the number one way to improve your health. If you would like help quitting smoking, ICS offers clinical consultations for smoking cessation. Quitting tobacco is often described as a journey because it often takes more than one attempt to quit and to be successful. It is best to think of it as a stepwise process. It has been reported that at any given time, more than 70% of smokers want to quit and as many as 50% of smokers attempt to quit each year.
Survivor care focuses on looking for and managing long term and late effects, monitoring for cancer recurrence, and teaching you how to optimize your health and quality of life. A personal survivor care plan summarizing your treatment and listing specific recommendations will be developed for you by ICS providers who has expertise in the care of cancer survivors.
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