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Choosing Integrative Oncology Providers in Texas

Integrated oncology refers to a cancer treatment approach that combines the standard cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation therapy, with other non-traditional treatments or activities to help treat the disease, reduce its side effects, and improve a patient’s overall wellbeing. Participating in yoga, for example, can considerably improve the quality of life of a patient.

Given that integrative medicine is aimed at integrating or supplementing non-conventional therapies with the conventional ones, it’s essential that you choose a integrative oncology provider in Texas wisely. You may start by getting a referral for a provider from a friend, relative, or physician.

Once you have several providers to choose from, you should contact them for basic information including:

  • Education, licenses, training, and certifications: You should compare whether the integrated oncology provider’s qualifications match the nationally accepted standards in line with the American Board of Integrative Medicine.
  • Areas of specialization: Ask about the experience of the practitioners in treating patients with cancer, and the type of philosophy of care they use. If you have been diagnosed with breast cancer, for example, you may want to find out whether the oncologists at the center have experience in treating breast cancer and the philosophy of care they use.
  • Research: While talking to the provider, ask about studies that support the preferred treatment option of your condition and the possible success rate.
  • Cost: Ask about their charge per session and the cost of cancelled appointments. Also, find out which payment options are preferred at the facility, and that includes insurance coverage. This will help you to plan your finances accordingly if you choose to return to the facility for integrated cancer care.
  • Available treatment options: Being a center for integrated oncology care, ask about the conventional treatment methods that apply to your situation and the possible non-conventional approaches that may suit you and how comfortable each approach is.

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