Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Naturopathic medicine for anal cancer

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Naturopathic medicine for anal cancer

Throughout your anal cancer treatment, you may experience symptoms or discomfort after eating, which may interfere with your ability to digest nutrients and fat-soluble vitamins.

Our naturopathic clinicians work alongside our oncologists and are available to suggest a variety of naturopathic therapies that offer upper GI support, help to prevent and treat nausea, and reduce acid reflux, heartburn, bloating, gas and diarrhea.

For upper GI support, your naturopathic clinician may suggest 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 suggest 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 help you avoid from potential drug-herb and drug-nutrient interactions.

What is naturopathic medicine?

Many cancer patients experience gastrointestinal symptoms. The nutrition therapy team works with our patients to help 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 has the option of meeting with a registered dietitian. During this visit, one of our dietitians will give you a comprehensive nutritional assessment to identify daily goals for calories and protein. The dietitian will look at your health history, disease type and treatment plan to recommend nourishing foods during your cancer care.

The dietitian will monitor your nutrition status from the beginning to the end of your cancer treatment, making modifications as needed to help address side effects and prevent treatment interruptions before they arise.

Our dietitians communicate regularly with the oncologists and other members of the patient's cancer team. Working together in a team environment, all under one roof, allows for an integrated approach to treating cancer. Your dietitian may alert other members of your care team, such as your medical oncologist, to specific nutrition challenges you may be experiencing. Everyone works together to identify solutions designed to 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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