Integrative management of anaplastic astrocytoma through a combination of Ayurveda and conventional care: A case report

Gautama, Pushya A and Subramanian, Nirmala and Varma, Ravi Gopal and Gangadharan, GG (2023) Integrative management of anaplastic astrocytoma through a combination of Ayurveda and conventional care: A case report. Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine.

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Abstract: Anaplastic Astrocytoma (AA) is a relatively rare cancer, and is associated with a median life expectancy of 3 years after conventional therapy. Complete cure of the highly infiltrative AA is uncommon, and reports of positive outcome in cases of partial resection of AA are rare. Further, integrative approaches to the management of AA remain underexplored. This paper contributes to the limited literature in this domain by presenting a case that was successfully treated through integrative conventional and Ayurvedic interventions. A patient diagnosed with AA in the left parieto-occipital lobe underwent partial lesion resection followed by post-operative radiation and chemotherapy. The patient was given a conservative post-surgical life expectancy of two years, and was referred to an Ayurveda hospital for further treatment. The Ayurvedic intervention was focussed on redressal of radiation and chemotherapy side-effects, improvement of quality of life, and improving the patient’s strength and immunity. Following this novel integrative model of care, the patient was able to resume all personal and professional routines, and a contrast MRI revealed absence of residual lesion allowing the patient to outlive his initial prognosis by several years till date. We posit that the findings of this report merit further examination in the interest of potential improvements to existing models of care.
Item Type: Journal Paper
Keywords: Anaplastic astrocytoma, Ayurveda, Allopathy, Integrated approach, Case report
Subjects: School of Humanities > Consciousness Studies
Divisions: Schools > Humanities
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2023 04:55
Last Modified: 09 Oct 2023 04:55
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