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Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) at Midwestern Regional Medical Center is unlike most cancer centers and community hospitals in many ways. A great example is that every CTCA patient has the opportunity to make naturopathic medicine an important part of his or her cancer treatment plan.
Naturopathic medicine is a distinct system of primary healthcare—an art, science, philosophy, and practice of diagnosis, treatment and prevention of illness using the least invasive, most physiologically supportive methods possible. The goals of naturopathic treatment for cancer patients are to:
- Decrease treatment side effects
- Support normal metabolism during treatment
- Strengthen the immune system
- Provide strategies for long-term cancer prevention and wellness optimization
Naturopathic modalities, or natural therapies, we offer at CTCA include botanical medicine (e.g., herbal therapy) vitamins, minerals, amino acids, homeopathic medicine, hydrotherapy, lifestyle counseling, and traditional Chinese medicine. Our naturopathic oncology providers consult with our physicians. All of the naturopathic recommendations we make are well researched and evidence based. The therapies are safe to use in conjunction with the conventional cancer treatments our patients receive, such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
CTCA only hires naturopathic oncology providers who have completed a four-year, doctoral-level program that has been federally accredited by the Council on Naturopathic Education. These professionals have received extensive training in naturopathic medicine, as well as basic biomedical and clinical sciences. They have studied the causes of diseases, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment with naturopathic medicine.