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What is Naturopathic Cancer Care?

When dealing with cancer, it can be hard to know what kind of medical support you need.

In addition, a quick google search on “complementary cancer treatment” can bring up hundreds of websites all claiming to have the answer.

Overall, this can be overwhelming and create a lot of confusion!

Above all, naturopathic cancer care aims to bridge the gap between medical oncology and complementary cancer care.

Naturopathic medicine can:

  • Help people better tolerate cancer treatments by minimizing side-effects and reducing risks
  • Speed up healing and recovery
  • Reduce the risk of recurrence
  • Improve the quality of life for people living with cancer

Overall, Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) trained in integrative cancer care are able to provide evidence-informed guidance on safe and effective natural therapies.

They are well-versed in the “alternative therapies” and diets promoted for cancer, so they can help patients sort through the confusion.

Additionally, they understand treatments used by medical oncologists and how best to work with them in a collaborative model of care.

They know the science behind why some naturopathic therapies can make chemotherapy, radiation, and other treatments more effective at killing cancer cells.

After that, that’s how they’re able to advise on which supplements are appropriate and which may prevent medical treatments from working.

Goals of Naturopathic Cancer Care

  • Reduce the side-effects of chemotherapy and radiation
  • Prepare patients for surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy
  • Improve recovery and increase longevity
  • Educate patients through the complicated world of cancer care

When Choosing an ND, look for someone who:

  • Is able to speak with you in detail about your specific cancer case
  • Will consult with you prior to your first visit to ensure they are the right fit for you
  • Will work with your oncologist
  • Continues to pursue education and training in naturopathic cancer care

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