Evidence-based usefulness of integrative therapies in breast cancer

Stefano Magno, Alessio Filippone, Assunta Scaldaferri


In a modern concept of Precision Medicine, clinical approach should be tailored to a single patient with cancer rather than only to cancer itself, by combining a deep understanding of genetic and molecular features of her disease, the most updated and evidence-based treatments available and patient’s values and needs. Integrative oncology is a global strategy that includes lifestyle interventions and complementary therapies into mainstream care, to reduce the huge impact of oncological treatments for breast cancer (BC) both on patients’ physical and psycho-social aspects of life at any ages. This paper summarizes the major clinical and scientific evidences about the impact of lifestyle changes and usefulness of complementary treatments currently used in breast cancer management.