Physicians like Dr. Dawn Lemanne are doing tomorrow’s work in today’s cancer clinics. The old paradigm of “fighting cancer” with drugs alone is becoming obsolete, thanks to the growing body of research demonstrating the influence of diet, exercise, and other lifestyle factors on cancer survival.
Oncologists of the recent past were taught that after a diagnosis of cancer, “Diet doesn’t matter.” In contrast, growing numbers of today’s oncologists actively integrate conventional cancer therapy with diet, short-term fasting, restorative sleep, exercise, supplements, botanicals, acumpuncture and other modalities to help patients recover their health.
The work of these pioneers ensures that what was once called “integrative oncology,” “functional oncology,” or complementary medicine is becoming simply “oncology,” cancer treatment at its best, and as it should be practiced everywhere.
Dr. Lemanne has treated thousands of cancer patients, combining the best conventional and complementary approaches. Her superb conventional training allows her to safely use the most advanced anticancer pharmaceuticals available. She enthusiastically recommends these when medically necessary, when of proven benefit, and when acceptable to the patient.
She understands, however, that some patients are unwilling or unable to accept the risk of side effects that can accompany conventional treatments. For patients who make an informed decision to forego conventional therapies, or for those too frail to withstand the side effects, Dr. Lemanne formulates an alternate program, and importantly, a plan for expediently assessing the program’s effectiveness.
Dr. Lemanne is also expert in designing individualized supplement, diet, fasting, exercise regimens that evidence shows may enhance the effectiveness of any conventional treatments a patient undertakes.
Finally, Dr. Lemanne also believes that a strong doctor-patient relationship is a vital part of care. She urges her established patients to call her with questions, concerns, and ideas.
Pursuing an interest in cancer and nuclear radiation, Dr. Lemanne majored in biophysics at UC Berkeley. She graduated with academic distinction, and upon entering medical school at UC San Francisco was named Regents’ Scholar, the highest academic award granted by the University of California.
After earning the MD degree, she served an internship and residency at Henry Ford Hospital in inner-city Detroit. She then trained in medical oncology at the prestigious Stanford University. In 2011, after fifteen years in practice, she completed a 2-year fellowship in integrative medicine at the University of Arizona. Along the way, Dr. Lemanne has earned two more advanced degrees, one in public health from UC Berkeley, the other in science writing, from Johns Hopkins University.
Dr. Lemanne was the first medical oncologist appointed to the faculty of Memorial Sloan Kettering’s integrative medicine service. She currently teaches physicians in the University of Arizona’s flagship integrative medicine fellowship, and lectures to lay and medical audiences domestically and internationally. She is the author of peer-reviewed scientific articles as well as works for the popular press.
Dr. Lemanne sees patients at Oregon Integrative Oncology, a premier oncology practice in Ashland, Oregon. Patients from around the globe also telephone her for in-depth distance consultations. She abhors phone trees. She prefers simply to answer the phone.