Drs. Geoffrey Oxnard and Lauren Ritterhouse discuss the challenges in biomarker testing—tissue stewardship and complexity of biomarker tests and results—and ways to overcome these challenges—improved communication among all members of the cancer care team and simplification of biomarker test results to focus on actionable biomarkers.
The majority of patients with cancer will undergo surgery at some point during their treatment. Cancer surgery comes with a host of side effects, but integrative medicine, which combines conventional with complementary and alternative medicines, works to facilitate the body's innate healing response. It can minimize the side effects of anesthesia and surgery; enhance perioperative safety, comfort, and recovery; and give patients an improved sense of well-being during a particularly vulnerable time, according to Rosanne Sheinberg, MD, Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD.