Integrative Oncology Part 1: A Holistic Approach to Cancer

with Integrative Oncologist, Dr. Kendra Pope

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Have you heard terms like “integrative,” “alternative,” or “holistic” medicine and wondered what they actually mean?



Today we’re joined by Dr. Kendra Pope, an integrative oncologist who can tell us all about it.



There are only a few people in the whole world who have the training Kendra has. She’s a board certified veterinary oncologist, but she's also certified in veterinary acupuncture, Chinese herbal therapy, veterinary food therapy, and Tui-na.



I wanted to get her on the podcast because I know that there’s a huge interest in integrative medicine right now. Some people also call this holistic or alternative medicine, so Kendra will explain the differences in the episode.



We’re lucky enough to have her on the podcast for the next two episodes to really explain in detail how these treatments work, the thought process behind establishing a successful protocol, as well as the goals of treatment. We’re talking about treatments for cancer patients as well as other chronic diseases.



In today’s episode, she'll discuss how nutrition plays a role in her treatment, misconceptions that are really important to be aware of, as well as how she ensures that the herbs and supplements that she prescribes are as safe as possible.



In Today’s Episode We Discuss:



How acupuncture started Kendra’s journey into integrative medicine

The difference between integrative, holistic, Eastern, alternative, and homeopathic medicine

Making sure that approaches and interactions are safe

Finding the right team for you and your pet

What a consultation with an integrative oncologist might look like

Understanding that an individual’s cancer is specific to them

Different tools in the integrative oncology toolbox

Why there’s no one diet that will work for every patient


Integrative oncology can be a great option for pet parents who feel that traditional therapies are not well-rounded on their own. I think it’s really important to learn how these different approaches can be used together, as opposed to it being one vs. the other.



Don’t forget to come back for Part II of this discussion when we’ll be talking more about choosing a safe supplement, how to know if it's reliable, different types of clinical trials going on, and some of the other tools in the integrative oncology toolbox.


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