Part I: Dr. Ting Bao, Integrative Medicine Approach to Cancer Care
Dr. Bao is a breast medical oncologist who takes an integrative medicine approach to cancer care. She incorporates complementary therapies into cancer treatment to promote patient’s physical strength and mental resilience, helping them to maintain the best quality of life possible and to support their treatment goals. Such therapies include diet and lifestyle changes, mind-body therapies, physical exercise, acupuncture, and massage therapy. She also counsels patients on dietary supplements so that they can avoid risks associated with their improper use. As a board-certified acupuncturist, she uses acupuncture to reduce cancer treatment-induced side effects. Dr. Bao works with patients who have been diagnosed with any type of cancer, and has a special focus on patients with breast cancer. Her goal is to develop and deliver state-of-the-art evidence-based integrative oncology care to enhance and potentially extend survival for cancer patients. Dr. Bao’s research interests include the efficacy and mechanisms of complementary therapies in oncology practice. As principal investigator and author of a number of clinical trials, she examines the effectiveness of acupuncture and explore the mechanisms by which it may improve quality of life for cancer patients. She also writes review and opinion articles, reviews manuscripts for professional journals, and is a member of the NCI Physician Data Query Complementary and Alternative Medicine Editorial Board.