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 Southeastern
Daniel Kellman, ND, FABNO, leads the Naturopathic Department at Southeastern as Clinical Director of Naturopathic Medicine. Kellman has been a naturopathic oncology provider at CTCA since 2006, first at Southwestern Regional Medical Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, before joining Southeastern in 2012.
A graduate of Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona, Kellman has been in practice since 1998. His experience includes general naturopathic family practice, pain management, advanced immunology and integrative cancer care. Kellman has lectured on a variety of health topics and has mentored naturopathic medical students.
Kellman and other naturopathic oncology providers work alongside medical oncologists, nutritionists and psychologists as a vital part of our integrative model of care. They prescribe natural medicines, which have been shown to improve the effectiveness of chemotherapy and radiation. In addition, natural medicines can boost the body’s own ability to fight cancer by stimulating or modulating immune system cells.
“Naturopathic Medicine is not likely to treat cancer on its own, especially once cancer has been diagnosed,” Kellman says. “However, Naturopathic Medicine can be a necessary component to staying healthy throughout sometimes difficult treatment regimens, which allows targeted therapies to do their job while keeping patients feeling well and maintaining quality of life.”
Every naturopathic oncology provider at Southeastern has a Naturopathic Doctor (ND) degree from a doctoral-level program accredited by the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education. Some members of the naturopathic medicine team have additional board certification as Fellows of the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology.
Proper use of supplements
One of the roles of the Naturopathic Medicine Department at Southeastern is to educate you on the facts versus the fiction regarding supplements and other natural therapies, and to help you choose wisely from the myriad of options available.
Our naturopathic oncology providers have extensive experience with a wide array of natural products and therapies and are continually researching the latest supplements. Your naturopathic oncology provider will monitor your supplement and vitamin intake to make sure your supplements are appropriate for you, and to ensure safety from potential drug-herb and drug-nutrient interactions.
The products available at our on-site Retail Pharmacy have undergone rigorous quality assurance investigation. Many of the supplements we recommend come from our own line of highly pure and potent vitamins, minerals and herbs, provided by Cancer Nutrition Centers of America.