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.