Supporting Cancer Treatment with Naturopathic Medicine
Many patients that are diagnosed with cancer feel overwhelmed and are looking for guidance in treatment options, as well as recommendations for natural therapies that can help support them through treatment. Working with a Naturopathic doctor that is trained in and specializes in integrative cancer treatment can allow patients to receive the benefit of conventional treatments while minimizing negative side effects.
Support the entire body
Naturopathic doctors support cancer patients through the use of natural, safe therapies that seek to maximally support overall health, fight disease processes, and prevent or reduce side effects of standard cancer treatment regimens. NDs may recommend specific supplements or nutritional programs in an individualized treatment approach.
What to look for in a specialized Naturopathic Doctor
Naturopathic doctors who specialize in naturopathic oncology understand both the standard treatments used by medical, radiation and surgical oncologists, and how best to work in a collaborative model of cancer co-treatment. Naturopathic doctors who meet standards representative of advanced experience and knowledge in cancer care are eligible for board certification in Naturopathic Oncology, and can be awarded the status of Fellow by the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology after completing requirements and passing a board examination. Fellows of the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology (FABNO) meet the highest standard of the profession as specialists in naturopathic oncology.
Personalized support where you need it the most
There are many ways in which naturopathic oncology care can benefit patients. Many patients experience side effects from chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery, including hot flashes, insomnia, taste changes, mouth sores, fatigue, bowel changes, nausea and neuropathy. Naturopathic medicine can help to prevent and minimize the risk of these side effects so that patients can maintain their regular treatment schedule without interruption, and can help resolve lingering side effects from conventional treatment.
Screening for any potential interactions between conventional and natural cancer therapies is another important component of integrative cancer care, as these interactions may affect the efficacy of treatment.
After patients have completed treatment, we work to support the natural cancer-fighting ability of the immune system to help prevent recurrences or other types of cancer. We always look at each patient as a whole person, not just a diagnosis, and strive to maintain optimal functioning in areas of health and wellness.
If you are considering naturopathic cancer treatment support for you or a family member, please contact us to schedule a call with our oncology specialist. We will work with you and your current oncology team to create a health and wellness plan that is highly individualized.
Spark Health’s naturopathic doctors take a collaborative approach to natural medicine, partnering to help them achieve their unique health and wellness goals. Located in Solana Beach, San Diego County, CA, Spark Health integrative health clinic was founded in 2013.
Written by Dr. Aliza Cicerone, ND, FABNO