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Integrative Oncology (Weil Integrative Medicine Library) Hardcover – March 9, 2009

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ISBN-13: 978-0195309447 ISBN-10: 0195309448 Edition: 1st

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Integrative Oncology is a worthy text for inclusion in any clinician's library who cares for patients with cancer, cancer survivors, and/or their caregivers. - Psycho-Oncology The authors bring together a wide range of up-to-date information about their topics. Each chapters begins with a list of key concepts followed by detailed information... the contributions are well written and informative. Several tables provide useful summary data. Many of the authors emphasize known phsyiology of their subjects and the evidence-based information available. Safety, efficacy, and possible interference with standard therapy are discussed. - Annals of Internal Medicine Readers will be empowered...Integrative Oncology weaves together a patient-centered, holistic approach to cancer care with the scientific rationale behind integrative therapies used in the oncology setting. For the reader who desires a comprehensive, evidence-based review of the evolving interdisciplinary field of integrative oncology, this book is an excellent resource. - Herbacl Gram, The Journal of the American Botanical Council

About the Author


Donald I. Abrams, MD, is Professor of Clinical Medicine and Director of Clinical Programs, UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, University of California, San Francisco; and Chief of Hematology-Oncology, San Francisco General Hospital.
Andrew Weil, MD, is Lovell-Jones Professor of Integrative Rheumatology, Clinical Professor of Medicine, Professor of Public Health, and Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, University of Arizona. He is the best-selling author of Healthy Aging.
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Product Details

  • Series: Weil Integrative Medicine Library
  • Hardcover: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (March 9, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195309448
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195309447
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 1.2 x 6.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #390,436 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Rick on February 14, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Donald Abrams, MD and Andrew Weil, MD have produced a volume that is desperately needed. From acupuncture to botanicals to cannabis to etc., cancer patients, their caregivers, their physcians and nurses now have a valuable resource to help understand and use integrative medicine (IM). Those interested in inhibiting cancer should also find "Integrative Oncology" of value.
Most oncologists don't have a background in IM. Some are intimidated by their patients who know more about IM than they do. A few have the MDiety complex.
The prominent researchers in this book discuss the potential benefits of many therapies and dismiss others that appear to be of no value or worse.
Do I have a bias--yes indeed. For over thirty years I have counseled cancer patients on the therapeutic and prophylatic use of nutrients. "Integrative Oncolgy" has expanded my vision, knowledge and insight into other modalities in a very important and useful way.
My wife is a patient of Donald Abrams at the University of California Osher Center for Integrative Medicine. She has benefitted significantly from his expertise and his empathy.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Len Saputo, Md, Inc. on June 19, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Integrative Oncology is a much overdo book that is a bold step forward in the effort of blending mainstream and CAM therapies for the treatment of cancer. Today's oncologists have little knowledge of CAM approaches and, in fact, generally avoid them.

Every oncologist should be required to read this fine book...every patient with cancer deserves to read it as well.

Well done!
Len Saputo, MD
Author of "A Return to Healing: Radical Health Care Reform and the future of Medicine."
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38 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Bernard Rabinowicz on January 3, 2011
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I have been doing research on cancer related treatments for many years. I have purchased a great many book and read thousands of articles on both conventional and "alternative" methods. Although there is a great deal of material in this book and as such is quite comprehensive, it falls short in many ways. This book seems to be similar to much of the "official" published material on alternative medicine. Most products that been shown time and again to help with cancer are given a look warm review with a "need for more research" . Many herbs and herbal compounds that are being used in many centers such as MD Andersohn in Houston, when reviewed by the researcher are far more positive than those that appear in this book. Dr. aron Katz at NYC Columbia presbyterian is a strong advocate on the integrated use of herbal mediicine and has been using, for example, Zyflamned from New Chapter for many years.

Similarly, dr Gonzalez has been incredibly successful with pancreatic cancer and has stage IV survivors of more than 10 years. The best this book acan do is "the potential benefits... are intriguing and need to be studied further".

A short half page is dedicated to pulsed electromagnetic frequensies as opposed to the over 900 page textbook on the subjet as well as the hundreds of pages available from other sources. The NASA published a 30 page document on the beneficial power of PEMFs including cancer back in 2003.

I could find no mention of DCA nor low-dose naltrexone the latter having been successfully used for many cancers.

Hypnosis gets about 1 paragraph with no discussion of its success in the field.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Cecily Field on March 7, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Two worlds collide within these pages: conventional wisdom meets a panoply of modalities from molecular targets of botanicals to Chinese medicine to antioxidants, homeopathy, spirituality and massage. Questions like "How can we make radiation better?" are not the usual questions. The information provides practical guidance to patients and providers alike. It is sophisticated and on the mark. There is a large menu of topics that are all covered well. Sit down and benefit from this meal. This is a wonderful contribution to the field.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Katz on February 17, 2009
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Donald Abrams, MD and Andrew Weil, MD have created an indispensible book addressing the full range of integrative medicine techniques used in the field of oncology. For doctors, patients, caregivers and advocates, this book serves as an excellent tool kit and reference guide. For those involved on the journey through cancer, this information will open your eyes to the full realm of possibilities available on the road toward healing.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By HalfRaven on December 26, 2009
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I was fortunate enough to have this book shared with me by my Radiation doctor this May. I immediately bought myself a copy, which is now highlighted widely throughout. I appreciate the wealth of strong supportive data for the multitude of tested methods. While I'm less familiar with Co-Editor Doctor Donald Abrams, I've always appreciated the balanced manner in which Co-Editor Doctor Andrew Weil has presented both Western and Easter health options.
While each patient must personally weigh the potential negative unknowns against these treatments, I feel fortunate to have been introduced to this book. It was among a number of valuable resources I turned to on this treatment path. I personally feel my cancer & treatment experience would have been much worse, had I not had the benfit of some of the botanicals to my supplement regimen. (I did discontinue periodically during treatment.) The broad smiles and expressed surprise from both my oncologist & my radiation doctor were also very telling.
I've now had my first scan after treatment...and am hoping for many more years of clean scans.
I'm now buying this book for my brother-in-law, who has been diagnosed with prostate cancer.
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