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Integrative Pediatric Oncology: The Future is Now

Integrative Pediatric Oncology: The Future is Now 

pediatric_integrative_medicine“To identify, control and ultimately prevent toxic exposures in the environment that threaten our children's health.”
 
This is the stated mission of The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center ™.  And while the activities of the Center have grown to address these and many other health problems, the founding purpose – and the very name of the Center – specifically targets pediatric cancer.
 
By Dr. Lawrence Rosen
 
It is our belief that integrative medicine – an evidence-based blending of safe and effective complementary and conventional therapies – best speaks to the Center’s mission.  Environmental factors that affect health – especially with an eye towards prevention – are an integral component of integrative medicine.  Studying how the environment impacts our children’s health is crucial, but understanding how the practice of healthcare affects the environment is equally important.  The Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital is a world-class institution leading the way in green healthcare while providing the highest quality care for children with cancer.  From a research, clinical and education perspective, we believe the excellent programs here can be augmented through the integration of safe and effective CAM (complementary and alternative medical) therapies.  
 
It is estimated that over 50% of children with cancer are utilizing CAM treatments.  What types of treatments?  Lifestyle factors, such as nutrition and fitness, are keys to success.  Obesity and malnourishment are big concerns for those undergoing both acute treatment and long-term health surveillance.  Mind-body therapies – guided imagery, meditation, biofeedback, self-hypnosis – are also CAM therapies that have been shown to be effective in reducing pain and anxiety during procedures and in general.  Aromatherapy and homeopathy have both been studied and found to be helpful adjunctive treatments for nausea and pain symptoms in children with cancer.  Acupuncture is a safe and effective complement for prevention and treatment of nausea and pain.  We are seeking to actively investigate the safety and efficacy of these CAM modalities, as initial research is very promising in enhancing the quality of pediatric oncology patients’ lives.  The concept is so important that the Children’s Oncology Group, which coordinates all clinical research trials, includes a Complementary Therapies Committee.
 
 
The following resources provide more information about integrative oncology. 
 
Society for Integrative Oncology:
http://www.integrativeonc.org/ 
 
Integrative Oncology text (Donald Abrams, MD and Andrew Weil, MD): 
http://www.amazon.com/Integrative-Oncology-Weil-Medicine-Library/dp/0195309448
 
NCCAM “Cancer and CAM”: http://nccam.nih.gov/health/cancer/camcancer.htm#
  
NCI Office of Cancer CAM (OCCAM): http://www.cancer.gov/cam/ 
 
Pediatric Clinics of North America (Integrative Pediatric Oncology chapter by Kara Kelly, MD and Susan Sencer, MD):
 http://www.pediatric.theclinics.com/issues/contents?issue_key=S0031-3955%2807%29X0037-3 
 
Resources from The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center ™: 
 
Pediatric Cancer & Disease Index: http://www.dienviro.com/index1.aspx?BD=18224 
  
Green Sources – Pediatric Oncology: http://www.dienviro.com/index1.aspx?BD=18615
 
 
About Dr. Lawrence Rosen
 
Dr. Lawrence D. Rosen is a board-certified general pediatrician committed to family-centered, holistic child healthdecember-2010-rosen care. He recently opened his own private pediatric integrative medical practice -- the Whole Child Center (wholechildcenter.org) -- in Oradell, NJ.   He  serves as Medical Advisor to The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center ™.  Dr. Rosen is a nationally recognized expert in Pediatric Integrative Medicine, acting as Chair of the Integrative Pediatrics Council, a non-profit foundation dedicated to transforming children's health care. Dr. Rosen is also a founding member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Provisional Section on Complementary, Holistic and Integrative Medicine. He is a frequent speaker at both professional and consumer gatherings, discussing topics such as holistic care of the newborn and the integrative management of autism. 
 
Dr. Rosen is a graduate of New York Medical College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He completed his residency and chief residency in pediatrics at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. 
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