Our Process Explained

There is no "one size fits all" support plan in Integrative Oncology. Our service is tailored to your individual and unique needs. We work in partnership with you, your Medical Oncologist and other practitioners as your team that provides communication, cohesiveness and transparency. 

At MIOG we work closely with our patients, whether pre-cancer treatment, during treatment, in recovery or in the survival stage. We are here to give you options about how to manage your treatment and wellbeing with a range of Complementary Intergrative Oncology Services that have been proven to be effective in:

  • Reducing the side effects of your medical treatments
  • Enhancing the effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy
  • Reducing risk of recurrence
  • Supporting you, your wellbeing and that of your family

 

Step 1: The Initial Consultation

Before you come to the initial consultation, we ask that you gather as much information as you can about your health status including: blood tests, X-ray/MRI/CT scans and reports, pathology reports, surgery reports or any other documentation that may be relevant. This also includes previous treatments and any current medications that you may be taking.

The initial consultation is a detailed client history and information gathering session and an opportunity for us to learn as much as we can about your current health status, cancer type, past, present or future treatment options, medical team, and current health and lifestyle habits.

We may also conduct examinations or recommend further testing at this point. We prefer an open forum of communication with your Health Care team and will request contact details for any communication that is required.


 

Step 2: Preparation of your own personalised Oncology Plan 

Integrative Oncology is a highly specialised area and requires a significant amount of research and due diligence. We take all of your information and analyse your pathology tests, imaging and other medical information. We then review your case history information regarding your digestive, detoxification ability and nervous system.  As well as examine and carry out targeted research regarding suitable Complementary Medicines and therapies for your unique situation, cancer and treatment type, genetic makeup and symptomatology.

Only once this process is complete will the practitioner be able to prepare a fully personalised Integrative Oncology Plan with a summary of the most relevant evidence-based Complementary therapies for your current situation and make clinical decisions and recommendations for you to follow.

This can take anywhere between 3-7 hours and will include information about cancer and it's hallmarks, dietary recommendations, specific functional foods, evidence-based complementary medicines useful in your presentation and with your conventional treatment regime, any warnings or contraindications, other useful therapies and services, information for carers and more.

Specifically, your personalised Integrative Oncology Plan will include information such as:

  • What do we know about the hallmarks of cancer and it's progression?
  • Information regarding your particular cancer type
  • General dietary recommendations for cancer patients
  • Specific 'functional foods' for that patient's particular cancer type these are specific foods that have shown benefit in the research
  • (*note for a fully personalised meal plan, an appointment with our Nutritionist is required)
  • Summary of current medications: drug-herb and drug-nutrient interactions
  • Suggested plan of Complementary Medicines including their mechanism of action
  • Summary of recommended supplementation
  • Other evidence-based recommendations regarding your cancer type with potential referral to other services (either at MIOG or externally)
  • Information for carers: how you can help your loved one through their cancer process.
  • If required we may, with your permission, liaise with your current healthcare team (such as GP, medical oncologist, pharmacist or other medical staff) regarding your suggested treatment plan.

 

Step 3: Consultation to present and discuss your Personalised Integrative Oncology Plan

In this second consultation, we will present your Personalised Integrative Oncology Plan document to you. Your Plan will include some technical jargon and clinical recommendations that will be explained in detail, we want to ensure that you fully understand the information, so that you are left feeling informed and empowered.  This second consultation is also an opportunity to ask questions, and tfor us to make amendments according to your feedback. It is a working document that is designed to be modified as your needs ot treatment changes.

We encourage you to bring along a close family member or carer to the follow-up appointment in order to both support you and be informed regarding our recommendations and support plans.


 

Step 4: Ongoing follow up and review, as required

Our approach is long term and supportive, so it is important we work together continuously to achieve the best outcomes and quality of life for you. It is vital that we stay abreast of any treatment or symptom changes in order to adjust dosing and ensure ongoing safety, suitability and efficacy. For patients in active treatment, we highly recommend visits after every cycle to allow for blood test and other review to ensure we are providing the support you need and deserve.


 

Other Useful Information

Fees:

Please speak to our reception staff about our current schedule of fees.

Additional Expenses:

Please note - sometimes we may recommend further testing, which would incur additional fees (payable directly to the pathology lab). These tests provide further information for targeted clinical decision making however they are by no means compulsory. Test examples include Dried Urinary Hormone analysis, Cortisol testing, Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analyses, Hair Mineral Analyses, or RGCC testing as applicable.

Referrals to other practitioners within MIOG may be appropriate depending on the level of support required. For example, some types of cancer require specific or restrictive diets that must be tailored to the individual. For patients with Gliomas/Glioblastomas, regular Nutritionist consultations are required for appropriate support and implementation of a Ketogenic diet.

Concession Rates

We try to keep our services accessible to all patients.  At MIOG we offer concession rates for concession card holders, so please feel free to contact us. Our approach is long term and supportive, so it is important we work together continuously to achieve the best outcomes and quality of life for you. It is vital that we stay abreast of any treatment or symptom changes in order to adjust dosing and ensure ongoing safety, suitability and efficacy. For patients in active treatment, we highly recommend visits after every cycle to allow for blood test and other review to ensure we are providing the support you need and deserve.


To help us understand your health, please complete our New Patient Request Form before booking your first appointment.  The practice will contact you about your first appointment. If you have already made a new patient appointment and need to reschedule, please call 03 9571 7498.

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MIOG offers evidence-based Complementary Medicines to patients with cancer: before, during and after medical treatment. MIOG staff are not Medical Oncologists. MIOG recommends that patients with cancer consult a Medical Oncologist for appropriate support.


 

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