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Naturopathic Treatment for Lung Cancer Patients
In our hospitals, naturopathic clinicians work with oncologists and nutritionists to help lung cancer patients prevent and offset treatment side effects. Listen to naturopath Daniel Kellman discuss how naturopathic medicine can be an important part of a lung cancer patient’s treatment.
Naturopathic Medicine for Lung Cancer
Every lung cancer patient who comes to Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) has the opportunity to see a naturopathic clinician.
As part of your CTCA care team, naturopaths act as consultants to your oncologists, and are committed to advancing your overall health and wellness. Throughout your lung cancer treatment, your clinician will use naturopathic therapies to support your immune system and reduce any treatment-related side effects.
Your Naturopathic Treatment Plan
During your first visit to CTCA, your naturopath will conduct a 30-minute consultation with you. During this time, you’ll discuss your health history, as well as any side effects you are experiencing.
Your naturopath will also explain the goals of naturopathic medicine, which aims to:
- Support normal metabolism and digestion for optimal nutrition during lung cancer treatment.
- Manage any side effects of cancer treatment, such as nausea or fatigue.
- Boost immune function.
- Support long-term health and wellness.
Naturopathic Treatments for Easing Side Effects
The naturopathic clinicians at CTCA have comprehensive knowledge of all cancer-fighting therapies. Throughout your lung cancer treatment, your clinician will suggest naturopathic remedies to help to minimize any foreseen side effects of upcoming therapies.
Some naturopathic remedies for lung cancer include:
- Glycgel: A combination of licorice and peppermint that is effective in soothing mucosal membranes in the throat that show signs of irritation from certain chemotherapy drugs.
- Vitamin D: Deficiency of this vitamin is common in people who smoke and plays an important role in bone health.
- Ginger: A natural remedy to fight nausea and vomiting from chemotherapy.
Throughout your lung cancer treatment, your naturopath will also monitor your supplement and vitamin intake to ensure safety from potential drug-herb and drug-nutrient interactions. Once home, the naturopathic medicine team is available for 30-minute and one-hour phone consultations.
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