A retrospective of this year’s Congress: New findings lead to new therapeutic options. What does this mean for patients?

“Every cancer treatment is still exclusively focused on the cancer instead of treating the whole person. It is accepted that the entire organism and the immune system of the person concerned will be weakened,” said Dr. Friedrich Douwes at the beginning of the 3rd International Congress on Complementary Oncology, which was hosted this year by the International School of Medicine (ISIM) in cooperation with the German Society of Oncology (DGO) and 15 to 16 July 2013 at the offices of German Bank took place in Munich.

The conventional cancer therapy alone rarely brings healing

Dr. Douwes is a specialist in internal medicine, medical director of the Clinic St. Georg in Bad Aibling, Bavaria and President of the DGO. He had assumed the presidency on the first day of the conference and reminded of the profound meaning, the congresses like this have: to share the experiences of physicians of all countries and to integrate areas such as preventive medicine, nutritional medicine, psychotherapy and, above all, natural remedies in the conventional cancer treatment. “Chemotherapy,” Dr. Douwes, “perhaps 30 percent of the patients bring something, but 100 percent have side effects.” He remembered it to hypothyroidism-or-over functions, which are often the result of chemotherapy, but are often overlooked. “The conventional cancer therapy often brings healing”, he concluded. This thesis was supported by a study several years ago of the Tumor Center Munich, which showed that chemotherapy alone, the 5-year survival rate can not increase.


The question of what the patient can do himself to his recovery, very few doctors could answer. This is precisely the so-called change of lifestyle for cancer patients is essential. “We of the DGO are looking for ways to support the complementary therapies,” said Dr. Douwes. For this reason, doctors and therapists from around the world met for the third time in a row to talk about their experiences in the fight against cancer and to discuss.

International Congress on Complementary Oncology

This year there were 19 speakers from Germany, France, Switzerland, Hungary, Italy, the UK, USA and Latvia, who wanted to let their colleagues to participate in some groundbreaking new diagnostic and therapeutic methods. Even if the surgery, chemotherapy and radiation continues to play a central role in cancer treatment, there are many other promising approaches and conceptual models for future cancer therapies.