Conventional cancer treatment? Or lifestyle options such as nutritional approaches? A critical question asked by so many cancer patients urgently wanting to know what could be best for them. Yes to Life believes the answer for many people is to understand and combine the best of both, the integrative medicine approach.
Our conference – ‘Starting the conversation’ – featured leading practitioners working within the NHS, alongside those working with lifestyle medicine approaches. All the speakers share the same vision – working together to improve patient outcomes using Integrative Medicine.
The context for our Conference Despite the best intentions of successive UK governments, little progress has been made in developing genuinely patient-centred care, notably in cancer. The emphasis is still on proscriptive ‘standard of care’ treatment, despite a growing bank of evidence for the many benefits that lifestyle methods can offer. The landscape is very different elsewhere. There have been impressive steps towards integration in other countries such as the US and across continental Europe. Here in the UK, the gulf seems as wide as ever.
What can we do to bring the changes to public healthcare for which the disillusioned public is increasingly turning elsewhere?
The first step must be to establish a dialogue. We must begin talking about combining forces to make some genuine progress in turning the tide of cancer in the UK and in improving the poor experience of mainstream cancer care. We must begin talking about integration as the route to both patient-centred care and patient choice.
Our speakers include: