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Integrative Methods for Management of Toxicities Associated with Radiation Treatment for Breast Cancer

  • Meghana Reddy
  • Gautam Krishna Koipallil
  • Amber OrmanEmail author
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Abstract

Complementary and alternative methods (CAM) are used increasingly by cancer patients. Here we advocate for an integrative approach, combining evidence-based complementary therapies with conventional medicine in breast cancer patients receiving radiation therapy. Nutrition, exercise, and/or mindfulness-based interventions have been shown to reduce toxicities, improve quality of life, and improve long-term outcomes in breast cancer patients.

Keywords

Breast cancer Radiation Complementary therapies Alternative therapies Integrative medicine Quality of life Fatigue Nutrition Exercise Mindfulness 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Meghana Reddy
    • 1
  • Gautam Krishna Koipallil
    • 2
  • Amber Orman
    • 3
    • 4
    Email author
  1. 1.University of South FloridaTampaUSA
  2. 2.USF Morsani College of Medicine, MS2TampaUSA
  3. 3.Department of Radiation OncologyAdventHealth Medical GroupOrlandoUSA
  4. 4.University of Central Florida College of MedicineOrlandoUSA

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