Answers to Your Questions

We understand that you may have questions about our practice and services, so we’ve compiled a list of the most frequently asked ones here. Please take a moment to browse through the frequently asked questions below – if your question isn’t listed, please feel free to contact us directly for further assistance.

Spring Trail Colorado Aspens
Kevin Brown, MD

Kevin Brown, MD

Oncologist with a whole-person approach to cancer care

Integrative Oncology

Integrative Oncology

Health-focused care to support and complement your cancer treatment regimen

Integrative Oncology Services

Our Services

Integrative oncology consultation and care

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is Integrative Oncology?
Integrative oncology is whole-person centered, health-focused care for patients with cancer and malignant blood disorders which combines the best evidence-informed integrative and complementary therapies alongside standard treatment. The terms “integrative” and “complementary” are often used interchangeably, and refer to treatments or therapies which are non-standard but which can be given together with standard treatment regimens. Integrative oncology aims to gently relieve symptoms, support the immune system, and create a body environment as inhospitable to cancer as possible.
Is Integrative Oncology the Same Thing as Alternative Cancer Treatment?
No. The term “integrative oncology” refers to the careful addition of evidence-informed complementary therapies alongside standard cancer treatment, while the term “alternative cancer treatment” is often used to describe treatments which have little or no scientific evidence to support their use and which may or may not be able to be given alongside standard treatment. The term “alternative” usually implies that a treatment is given instead of, rather than together with, standard treatment. At Spring Trail, our integrative approach is designed to work well alongside standard cancer treatments.
Can I receive my chemotherapy at Spring Trail?
At Spring Trail we do not administer intravenous chemotherapy, immune checkpoint inhibitors (commonly referred to as “immunotherapy”), or other conventional intravenous treatments. In certain circumstances we may prescribe low-dose oral chemotherapy or oral conventional targeted treatments. We focus on providing you with the best evidence-informed integrative/complementary therapies to support and supplement your standard cancer treatment.
Does Spring Trail Accept Insurance?

We do not accept private insurance, Medicare, or Medicaid. For those with private insurance, we are happy to provide you with a “superbill”, or summary of services you received, that you can submit to your insurance company. However, we cannot guarantee that you will receive any reimbursement from your insurance company as a result of submitting your superbill to them.

When is my payment due?
We request that you pay your bill in full at the time of your visit.
Will Spring Trail work together with my primary oncologist and other cancer specialists?
Yes, our team at Spring Trail will strive to work collaboratively with your primary oncologist and other members of your treatment team. We highly value a collegial relationship with other physicians and non-physician providers, and we believe that a collegial team approach with open communication leads to the best cancer outcomes for our patients. Also, as long as we are aware of the treatments you are undergoing, we will adjust our recommendations accordingly to avoid negative or harmful interactions between complementary and conventional treatments.
Should I call Spring Trail or my primary oncology team if I develop a problem or have a question?
If you are receiving standard cancer treatment along with our integrative therapies and develop symptoms you are concerned about, we recommend that you first call your primary oncology team. However, if you suspect that your symptoms may be related to our integrative treatments or our recommendations, please contact our office. Please only utilize email for non-urgent questions as it may take us up to 2-3 business days to respond to email inquiries. Also, IF YOU BELIEVE YOU MAY BE HAVING AN EMERGENCY, PLEASE CALL 911.