Kidney Cancer Naturopathic Medicine
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Naturopathic Medicine for Kidney Cancer
At Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA),
naturopathic medicine is an integral part of your overall kidney cancer care. You will have a dedicated naturopathic oncology provider who works alongside your medical oncologist and the
rest of your care team to provide whole-person care.
In naturopathic medicine, a variety of natural therapies are used to manage side effects and to improve your well-being, both during and after treatment. These may include herbal remedies, homeopathic remedies, and even dietary changes.
Since many kidney cancer patients undergo surgery as part or all of their treatment, your naturopathic clinician may focus on getting you healthy for surgery and for an optimal recovery. Your naturopath will use natural, proven therapies to help with issues such as wound healing, pain reduction and inflammation.
These therapies can help quicken healing times, and in some cases shorten your hospital stay and lower your risk of infection after surgery. Your naturopath also addresses lifestyle management, which includes tips on sleep, exercise, and stress reduction.
Naturopathic medicine can help with many common side effects of kidney cancer treatment, such as:
- Edema (fluid retention)
- Mouth sores
- Lack of appetite
- Body aches
In addition to providing you with the natural support you need, your naturopath will also keep track of your medications to prevent complications. For instance, any supplement that has blood-thinning properties, or that may interfere with anesthesia, would be avoided before and after surgery.
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