San Diego Cancer Research Institute

Current Integrative Research & News


With all the new and exciting Integrative Medicine research and news out there, SDCRI has decided to start sharing any relevant and interesting articles that we discover. The collection below is still small, but we expect it to grow quickly over the coming months. Check back often, or keep track on our Facebook updates to learn more about the ever expanding field of Integrative Medicine.

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Why Integrative Medicine is the only solution to Chronic Illness? ~ The Chopra Well, August 24, 2017
Commentary on the recent JNCI artcle “Use of Alternative Medicine for Cancer and Its Impact on Survival” ~ sdcri.org, created August 22, 2017
Why Health Professionals Should Cultivate Gratitude ~ berkley.edu, posted July 26, 2017
Cancer Death Rates Continue to Decline ~ nih.gov, posted March 31, 2017
Cancer Is Partly Caused By Bad Luck ~ npr.org, posted March 23, 2017
Brain Training for Cancer Survivors’ Nerve Damage ~ medlineplus.gov, posted March 3, 2017
Exercise Helps Counter Cancer-Linked Fatigue ~ medlineplus.gov, posted March 2, 2017
‘Chemo Brain’ Lasts for Months in Many Breast Cancer Survivors ~ medlineplus.gov, posted January 11, 2017
Grandma’s Experiences Leave a Mark on Your Genes ~ discovermagazine.com, posted June 25, 2015
Rhythm Therapy: How Drum Circles Help Patients Cope with Cancer ~ dana-farber.org, updated June 19, 2015


Why Integrative Medicine is the only solution to Chronic Illness

Do we go over board with pills?
Is there a better way to control and even prevent chronic illnesses?
Dr. Mimi Guarneri gives a talk on how to get ahead of chronic illnesses by using Integrative Medicine at the Chopra Center’s Journey into Healing event.
Click here or on the image below to watch the video.


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Commentary on the recent JNCI artcle “Use of Alternative Medicine for Cancer and Its Impact on Survival” by Dr. Daniel Vicario, SDCRI Medical Director

What is the difference between Integrative Medicine and “alternative medicine”? Is one more beneficial than the other? Which one is more likely to increase a cancer patient’s risk of death? If you or someone you know is a cancer patient, then it is vital that you know the answer to these questions before choosing a direction.
Our own Dr. Daniel Vicario has written a commentary on an article that explores “alternative medicine”, and he has included helpful links and other important information just for our readers!
Learn more now!


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Why Health Professionals Should Cultivate Gratitude

These days it seems that at least some areas of Western Healthcare have started a slow migration toward creating a “healing environment” for their patients. This is primarily recognized in the tidbits of Integrative Medicine options that are popping up in many places; but what about a change to the everyday interactions that we have with medical practitioners? One California doctor is exploring the need for expression gratitude during patient encounters. Check out this article by Leif Hass that leads you through his first hand experience and research into the ideas and benefits of showing gratitude in the medical profession.

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Annual Report to the Nation: Cancer Death Rates Continue to Decline

Overall cancer death rates continue to decrease in men, women, and children for all major racial and ethnic groups, according to the latest Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer.
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Cancer Is Partly Caused By Bad Luck, Study Finds

Cancer can be caused by tobacco smoke or by an inherited trait, but new research finds that most of the mutations that lead to cancer crop up naturally…66 percent of the total mutations are random, about 29 percent are due to the environment and the remaining five percent are due to heredity.
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Brain Training for Cancer Survivors’ Nerve Damage

This short article is about an interesting new study suggests that cancer patients who learn to control their own brain waves with a type of training called neurofeedback seems to help ease symptoms of chemotherapy-caused nerve damage. Even better: it seems that a game has been developed to help patients learn this technique!
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Exercise Helps Counter Cancer-Linked Fatigue

In this study regarding cancer-related fatigue, researches have found that exercise, education and psychological treatment can be more effective than the use of drugs. So put down those caffeine pills and take a peek at this article!
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‘Chemo Brain’ Lasts for Months in Many Breast Cancer Survivors

In a recent study, researchers found out that chemotherapy-related thinking problems – which we all love to call “chemo brain”- can last for up to six months after the treatment cycle has end. Chemo brain can put a glitch in a patient’s daily life, but there are a few things that can help out along the way.
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Grandma’s Experiences Leave a Mark on Your Genes


Ever blamed your parents for your bad habits? You might not be wrong! The childhood tribulations and/or triumphs of your parents and grandparents may actually have an effect on who you are.
This is an article on the study of Epigenetics might help you understand some of your more inexplicable personality traits.
Click on this link or on the above image for the full article.

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Rhythm Therapy: How Drum Circles Help Patients Cope with Cancer

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