Naturopathic oncology providers are specialists who use natural, non-toxic therapies to support the whole person and encourage the self-healing process. Their goal is to minimize the risk of harmful effects from cancer treatments, and apply the gentlest intervention needed to restore your health.
Your naturopathic oncology provider at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) acts as a consultant to your oncologist to support normal metabolism and digestion during cancer treatment; manage any side effects, such as nausea or fatigue; and boost immune function.
As part of the intake process, you'll meet with your naturopathic oncology provider, who will review your history and make recommendations from a wide variety of natural therapies.
Throughout your treatment, your naturopathic oncology provider will suggest natural therapies to support your immune system and reduce any treatment-related side effects, including:
- Nutritional supplements and botanical medicines, including vitamins, minerals, amino acids and herbs.
- Natural therapies, such as garlic, ginger and salt water.
- 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 used on deep muscles and joints for therapeutic purposes.
- Hydrotherapy, which prescribes water-based approaches like hot and cold wraps, steaming and other therapies.
- Lifestyle counseling. Many medical conditions can be treated with foods and nutritional supplements, with fewer complications and side effects.
- Acupuncture. Some of our naturopathic oncology providers also provide acupuncture therapies.
All of our naturopathic oncology providers have extensive knowledge of radiation, chemotherapy and other cancer treatments. They help guide your treatment plan and are in regular communication with the oncology team at CTCA. They also monitor your supplement and vitamin intake to ensure safety from potential drug-herb and drug-nutrient interactions.
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 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.