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Integrative Medicine and Lung Cancer 

Integrative Medicine and Lung Cancer
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Integrative Medicine and Lung Cancer
Author(s):

Moshe Frenkel

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199329724.003.0024
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date: 17 October 2019

Chapter 24 discusses lung cancer, which is the most common cancer worldwide and where the majority of patients are diagnosed with the disease when it has already spread, leading to a poor prognosis. This chapter covers the use of integrative medicine by lung cancer patients, how a growing number of scientific studies suggest that nutrition, nutritional supplements, exercise, complementary therapies, and addressing mind–body–spirit issues, can be beneficial to these patients, that certain types of foods such as fruits, non-starchy vegetables and foods that contain carotenoids, quercetin, and selenium might have the potential to reduce the risk of lung cancer development, how nutritional supplements such as fish oil, melatonin, astragalus, and green tea might have some beneficial effect with patients affected by lung cancer, and that acupuncture, touch therapies, homeopathy and mind–body interventions have been found to have some benefit in improving quality of life and well-being of lung cancer patients.

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