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Q: Does the Pacific Cancer Institute work with alternative therapies when a cancer patient makes that request?

I see many patients who want to incorporate alternative medicine into their cancer treatment regimen, and I feel it's important to understand their preferences and meet them if it can be done safely. When a patient wants to use alternative therapies, I first try to learn as much as I can about them, to make sure they won't be harmful or have a negative interaction with radiation. While we don't provide alternative therapies ourselves, we work closely with outside practitioners when patients request it. I never want a patient to turn away from traditional cancer treatment because they feel their belief system or experience isn't being respected.

Benjamin P. Falit, MD

Radiation oncology

Pacific Cancer Institute
Pacific Cancer Institute
227 Mahalani St.
Wailuku, HI 96793