Q: Where does a typical oncologist’s job leave off and an integrative practitioner’s begin?
A: I tell the patient that cancer is like a weed. The oncologist is taking care of your weed—providing chemotherapy, surgery, radiation—whereas it’s my job to make sure your soil is as inhospitable as possible to the growth and spread of the weed.
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