Brain Cancer Naturopathic Medicine
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Naturopathic Medicine for Brain Cancer
Because of the variety of tumors that can form in the brain and the different therapies involved, patients may experience a range of symptoms. Naturopathic medicine can help reduce these symptoms, strengthen the immune system and support the healing process throughout your brain cancer treatment.
Developing Your Naturopathic Plan
When you arrive at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA), you’ll have the opportunity to meet with a naturopathic oncology provider. Your naturopath will review your medical history and diagnostic tests, including imaging and biopsy tests.
They’ll collaborate with your oncologists to develop a plan that supports your brain cancer treatment. Your recommended therapies may include one or more of the following naturopathic medicines:
- Dietary supplements (e.g., vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, amino acids)
- Botanical medicine (herbs)
- Homeopathic medicines
- Hydrotherapy (We typically recommend various types of home treatments)
- Detoxification therapies
- Essential oils (e.g., aromatherapy inhalers or topical products)
Supporting Your Brain Cancer Treatments
Your naturopathic plan will be based on your unique diagnosis and treatment regime. For example, if you undergo surgery, your naturopath can provide pre- and post-surgical support using homeopathics and nutritional supplements, to promote wound healing and decrease the risk of complications.
If you receive radiation therapy, your naturopath may recommend herbs, homeopathics and nutritional supplements to help reduce side effects.
If you undergo chemotherapy, your naturopath may provide therapies to help prevent or reduce chemotherapy-related side effects. Throughout your care, your naturopath may also provide supplements that have evidenced-based “anti-cancer” benefits.
Providing Ongoing Support & Expertise
Throughout your brain cancer treatment, your naturopath will collaborate with your oncologists to monitor your supplement intake and ensure safety with potential drug-herb and drug-nutrient interactions, such as alpha lipoic acid or N-acetylcysteine, which are contraindicated for brain cancer.
After treatment, your naturopath may recommend herbs, supplements and homeopathics to help prevent recurrence and help you manage any residual side effects. Once you return home, the naturopathic medicine team will continue to be available by phone to address underlying health issues related to your brain cancer treatment.
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