Naturopathic oncology providers are specialists in our integrative treatment program at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA). Naturopathic medicine supports oncology patients undergoing conventional treatment and in survivorship by providing supportive therapies to help with:
- Reducing harmful side effects from cancer treatments such as nausea, pain or fatigue
- Supporting immune function to help you feel strong and healthy
- Improving quality of life
Naturopathic medicine uses evidence-based therapies designed to work in conjunction with conventional treatment. Naturopathic medicine providers review and monitor your dietary supplements to help protect you from potential drug-herb and drug-nutrient interactions. Your naturopathic oncology provider at CTCA® acts as a consultant to your oncologist.
As part of the intake process, you'll meet with your naturopathic oncology provider, who will review your history and make integrative treatment recommendations that may include:
- Dietary supplements
- Botanical and herbal medicines
- Homeopathic remedies, mainly involving 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 applied to deep muscles and joints for therapeutic purposes
- Lifestyle counseling on managing certain medical conditions with foods and nutritional supplements to reduce complications and side effects
- Acupuncture provided by some of our naturopathic oncology providers
Our naturopathic oncology providers have extensive knowledge of radiation, chemotherapy and other conventional cancer treatments. They are available to help guide your treatment plan and are in regular communication with your oncology team at CTCA. The Naturopathic Medicine Department also provides an educational component as well. Programs include information about vitamin and mineral supplements, natural remedies, nutritional guidance, lifestyle changes, stress management techniques and strategies for long-term prevention of cancer recurrence.
The naturopathic medicine team at Midwestern
Led by Clinical Director of Naturopathic Medicine Christina Shannon, ND, FABNO, the naturopathic medicine team at CTCA at Midwestern Regional Medical Center includes 13 naturopathic clinicians. Each holds a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree from a doctoral-level program accredited by the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education. In addition, some have also completed residency programs in naturopathic oncology.
“It is important that I get to know my patients in order to understand the larger picture," she says. "This relationship creates a foundation so that I can then make the best naturopathic recommendations for each individual," says Shannon.