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Traditional and Modern Chinese Medicine 

Traditional and Modern Chinese Medicine
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Traditional and Modern Chinese Medicine
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Qing Cai Zhang

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199329724.003.0018
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date: 15 October 2019

Chapter 18 covers traditional and modern Chinese medicine (CM), and discusses how CM treatment focuses on both the local lesion and the whole-body, how the CM concept of cancer is a weakening of resistance in the body while the oncogenic factor grows and how eliminating the tumor occurs by way of strengthening the resistance and immunity of the body as well as via the antitumor intervention, that through integrating with core western medicine (WM) oncotherapies, CM aims to support body functions, to regulate immunity; mitigate the side effects, attenuate toxicity, reverse drug-resistance, enhance the therapeutic effects of WM's surgery, chemo, and radiation treatments; and prevent relapse and metastasis, how the goal of successful CM treatment is not just to eliminate cancer, but also to allow the patient to survive with quality of life while coexisting with a stabilized cancer, and that integrated CM and WM cancer care includes (a) primary prevention of cancer; (b) initial diagnosis, aggressive oncotherapies such as surgery, radiotherapy, and chemotherapy to dramatically reduce cancer load; (c) promoting recovery following aggressive treatment; (d) additional rounds of treatment to treat minimal residual disease; and (e) secondary and/or tertiary prevention that is long-term consolidation treatment to prevent relapse and metastasis.

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