The Functional Team
Angeles Functional Oncology centers is formed by a multi-disciplinary team of specialists that work together as a unit, all of them assess, come to a general consensus in regards to the situation and proper management and as a result create a global management approach, focused on the patient and not the disease.
This team of professionals has been chosen as the optimal key participants to fully face these complex conditions based on the known root causes.
The mission of this team is not just to analyze and treat, but also to empower the patient by educating him about important information related to his condition, providing him with the tools for him to understand that he is not a passive element in the treatment team but an active piece of the healing process.
Trained to improve patient outcomes through prevention, early assessment and comprehensive management of complex chronic disease, your core functional team leader accomplishes this by identifying and healing the underlying clinical imbalances of chronic disease while creating momentum towards health. Your functional physician will be the primary channel through which all medical information will flow, and will lead the effort to integrate the information provided by the rest of the functional team specialists.
Not all diets are right for everyone, which is why we often treat patients that have a “healthy diet” but yet developed cancer, and patients that are following a one-size-fits-all “cancer diet” yet are badly malnourished.
Let’s start by explaining that in the presence of disease everything changes when it comes to nutrition. Our clinical nutritionist is an expert in the relationship between food and a healthy body. More specifically, he understands the science of nutrients and how they are digested, absorbed, transported, metabolized, stored, and eliminated by the body. Besides studying how food works in your body, he will focus in how the environment affects the quality and safety of foods you eat, and what influence these factors have on your health and your illness.
Our nutritionist is trained to know YOUR nutritional needs under the stressful condition of chronic illness. Nutrition is the essence of our treatment, making it the first line of therapy: Food as medicine.
To do this, our nutritionist performs a clinical assessment allowing him to tailor a specific-to-your-needs organic whole-foods diet.
Finding out that you have cancer can be a very difficult and upsetting experience. Many people describe initial feelings of shock and being unable to believe what they have been told. Many different emotions arise which can cause confusion and frequent changes of mood. Some people may find they need some extra support to help them at their particular stage in the cancer journey.
Our psychologist will help patients and families reduce emotional distress, enhance communication among patients, families and Physicians.
Our Psychologist can offer you an opportunity to talk about your concerns and to explore with you what support may be helpful for you.
Oncologists have a critical opportunity to utilize risk assessment and cancer management.
They will work with the functional oncology team not as chemo-providers but as a team member with expanding knowledge about the natural history and prognosis of cancer, as the team member with the most understanding about the molecular structure of cancer, which allows the team to construct a personalized science-based program that is made just for him.
A clinical internist is trained in diagnosing and treating a wide range of medical problems, such as infections, diabetes, diseases related to the heart, kidneys, joints, digestive, vascular and respiratory systems.
This makes the clinical internist a key part of the core team by providing crucial information, which will help the team make informed decisions to better personalize a truly holistic program, focusing not in the tumor but in an individualized multifactorial understanding of the disease.