What is naturopathic medicine?
Many cancer patients experience gastrointestinal symptoms. The Nutrition Therapy team helps restore digestive health, prevent malnutrition and provide dietary recommendations during treatment. Our goal is to help you stay strong and nourished, so you can continue with your cancer treatment.
Every patient is scheduled to meet with a registered dietitian during the first visit to CTCA. During this visit, you are given a full assessment to identify daily goals for calories and protein. Your dietitian will look at your health history, disease type and treatment plan to recommend nourishing foods during your cancer care.
Your dietitian will monitor your nutrition status from the beginning to the end of your cancer treatment, making modifications as needed to minimize side effects and treatment interruptions before they arise.
Your dietitian communicates regularly with your oncologists and the other members of your cancer team. Working together in close proximity allows for a fully integrated approach to treating cancer. Your dietitian is able to share any specific nutrition challenges with other members of your care team, such as your oncologist. Everyone works together to find solutions that meet your individual needs.
We also provide information and classes about healthy eating habits to your caregivers and family members, so you can continue a healthy lifestyle at home.
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Naturopathic medicine for anal cancer
Throughout your anal cancer treatment, you may experience symptoms or discomfort after eating, which can interfere with your ability to digest nutrients and fat-soluble vitamins.
Your naturopathic clinician will work alongside your oncologists to recommend a variety of naturopathic therapies that offer upper GI support, help to prevent and treat nausea, and minimize acid reflux, heartburn, bloating, gas and diarrhea.
For upper GI support, your naturopathic clinician may recommend DGL chewable licorice tablets, which also come in chocolate flavor, to help coat the esophagus and stomach for heartburn and acid reflux. Ginger tea, ginger bracelets and an aromatherapy inhaler are naturopathic options for treating for nausea.
In addition, your naturopathic clinician may recommend digestive enzymes and/or fennel tea for gas and bloating, and probiotics or slippery elm powder for diarrhea. During your treatment, your naturopathic clinician will monitor your supplement and vitamin intake to ensure safety from potential drug-herb and drug-nutrient interactions.