Special Communication  |   June 2019
Integrating Osteopathic Philosophy in Cancer Care
Author Notes
  • From the Center for Cancer Research at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland (Drs Brown and Martin); Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in Piscataway, New Jersey (Dr Brown); and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Pinnacle Community Campus in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (Drs Martin and Carman). 
  • Financial Disclosures: None reported. 
  • Support: None reported. 
  •  *Address correspondence to Zachary J. Brown, DO, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, PO BOX 19, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-0019. Email: zb109@rwjms.rutgers.edu
     
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Special Communication   |   June 2019
Integrating Osteopathic Philosophy in Cancer Care
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, June 2019, Vol. 119, 391-394. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2019.068
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, June 2019, Vol. 119, 391-394. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2019.068
Abstract

Recent breakthroughs in the fields of genomics and biology have resulted in a better understanding of diseases and their underlying biology. New targeted and immune-based therapies take advantage of these new discoveries to treat the patient individually. This scientific revolution toward personalized medicine reflects osteopathic medicine's emphasis on patient-centered care and its tenets, which go against the “one-size-fits-all” approach. The authors discuss the importance of applying osteopathic philosophy to the delivery of patient-directed cancer care revolutionized by scientific advances.

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