At last night UsTOO meeting here in Las Vegas our guest speaker was Dr. Brian Lawenda. His credentials speak for themselves. Graduated from Temple valedictorian, residency at Harvard University, 13 years serving honorably in the Navy, and a brilliant speaker. I wonder what he might accomplish when he turns 42. Dr. Lawenda just discharged from the navy and has set up shop in Las Vegas where he and his wife have family. He has been here for just 4 months and he has spoken twice at our group, and we were packed last night for his presentation, for which he has been highly recognized for, on Integrative Oncology. He defines integrative oncology as a combination of several things:
Conventional Therapies (surgery, radiation, chemo...etc.)
Complimentary Therapies also called CAM (i.e. acupuncture, massage, meditation, etc)
Behavioral/Lifestyle Education (stress management, nutrition, physical activity, sleep, etc.)
Customization (uniquely designed approaches for each individualized patient.)
This does not sound too amazing, but he gave me a presentation that just absolutely hit the mark with every one of our members. The room was entirely attentive and engaged. I am providing Dr. Lawenda's website here:www.integrativeoncology-essentials.com/
There is free publications on the site and Dr. Lawenda is not selling anything there. The site has a road map for any patient diagnosed with any cancer, a blog, and a point of view that will be of interest to all here. Dr. Lawenda is a bourd certified Radiation Oncologist. But he has also studied all aspects of oncology at Harvard.
Have a look at the site. It's a great one indeed...
Advanced Prostate Cancer at age 44 (I am 48 now)
pT3b,N0,Mx (original PSA was 19.8) EPE, PM, SVI. Gleason 4+3=7
RALP ~ 2/17/2007 at the City of Hope near Los Angeles.
Adjuvant Radiation Therapy ~ IMRT Completed 8/07
Adjuvant Hormone Therapy ~ 28 months on Casodex and Lupron.
"I beat up this disease and took its lunch money! I am in remission."
I am currently not being treated, but I do have regular oncology visits.
I am the president of an UsTOO chapter in Las Vegas
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