By Tai Lahans
376 pages, 7.50 x 9.50″
This new clinical resource clearly explains how to approach integrated care in a way that combines Chinese herbal medicine with Western medicine to enhance and improve medical care for patients with cancer without undermining or negatively impacting patients’ biomedical treatment. As the author points out, “The adjunctive intervention [of Chinese medicine] must interface with a deep understanding of the conventional mechanisms. … The integration of Chinese herbal medicine into the standard of care for cancer treatment is a highly valuable contribution to our patients, and this integration is full of the basic tenets of both classical Chinese medicine and biomedicine.”
Chapters cover lung, colorectal, breast, prostate, cervical and uterine, ovarian, bladder and renal, and pancreatic and hepatic cancers, as well as lymphoma and leukemia. Each chapter covers a different type of cancer, first introducing the conventional biomedical understanding of that cancer including its etiology, diagnosis, and treatment according to staging and type. Discussions include epidemiology, pathogenesis (biomedical and Chinese), risk factors, pathologies, clinical presentation, diagnosis and screening, patterns of Chinese medical diagnosis, post-surgical herbal formulas, methods of radiation treatment, and later-stage treatment principles and preventive measures as appropriate. Case studies illustrate the integration of treatment for each cancer type, highlighting important issues and considerations associated with specific cancers and treatments.