Bladder Cancer Naturopathic Medicine
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Naturopathic Therapy for Bladder Cancer
Director of Naturopathic Medicine Katherine Anderson discusses how naturopathic therapies can help people fighting bladder cancer.
Naturopathic Medicine for Bladder Cancer
Every bladder cancer patient who comes to CTCA has the opportunity to meet with a naturopathic clinician. As members of our naturopathic medicine teams, our clinicians act as consultants to the oncologists on your care team and are committed to advancing your overall health, so you can maintain the strength you need to fight bladder cancer.
What Is Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic clinicians are specialists who use natural, non-toxic therapies to support the whole person and encourage the self-healing process, with an emphasis on building health. Their goal of using naturopathic medicine for bladder cancer patients is to minimize the risk of harmful effects from cancer or cancer treatments, and apply the gentlest intervention needed to restore your health.
Naturopathic medicine uses less invasive, supportive methods to:
- Support normal metabolism and digestion for optimal nutrition during bladder cancer treatment.
- Manage any side effects of cancer treatment, such as nausea or fatigue.
- Boost immune function.
- Support long-term health and wellness.
The Healing Power of Nature
Naturopathic medicine is based on the belief that the body has an innate ability to maintain health and to heal when faced with an illness like cancer. For patients with bladder cancer, naturopathic medicine team at CTCA aims to support this process by creating a healthy environment both inside and outside the body.
Our naturopaths make recommendations from a wide variety of natural therapies, including:
- Herbal and botanical preparations, including supplements, teas and tinctures.
- Natural therapies, such as garlic, ginger and salt water.
- Homeopathic remedies, mainly plant extracts and minerals that gently strengthen the body's healing and immune response.
- Physical therapy and exercise therapy, including massage and other gentle techniques used on deep muscles and joints for therapeutic purposes.
- Hydrotherapy, which prescribes water-based approaches like hot and cold wraps, steaming and other therapies.
- Lifestyle counseling, as many medical conditions can be treated with foods and nutritional supplements, with fewer complications and side effects. Naturopathic clinicians use diet, natural hygiene and other practices to support your health during and after cancer treatment.
- Acupuncture theraphy is another otption provided by some of our naturopaths.
Treating the Whole Person
As part of the intake process, your naturopathic clinician will review any supplements you may be taking and educate you about options, based on your symptoms and your bladder cancer treatment regimen. When building your bladder cancer naturopathic medicine plan, your clinician will consider your particular type and stage of bladder cancer, as well as your previous and current treatments.
In addition, throughout your bladder cancer treatment, your naturopathic clinician will suggest naturopathic remedies to help to minimize any foreseen side effects of upcoming therapies. Your naturopath will monitor your supplement and vitamin intake to ensure safety from potential drug-herb and drug-nutrient interactions.
At CTCA, naturopathic medicine is always designed to support additional advanced cancer treatments including surgery, radiation or chemotherapy. Since all of your care is handled under one roof at each of our hospitals, your naturopathic clinician is able to consult regularly with your oncologist and the rest of your care team to monitor the progress of your treatment.
All of our naturopathic clinicians have extensive knowledge of surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and other bladder cancer treatments. They help guide your treatment plan and are in regular communication with the oncology team at CTCA.
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