Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) at Southwestern Regional Medical Center (Southwestern), located in Tulsa, Oklahoma, believes in an integrative approach to cancer care that uses conventional treatments, such as chemotherapy and surgery, to attack the disease, while offering evidence-based supportive therapies to combat cancer-related side effects. The supportive therapies offered at Southwestern include naturopathic medicine, a field of health care that uses natural, non-toxic therapies to encourage the self-healing process. At our hospital in Tulsa, our naturopathic medicine providers work with physicians and other members of the patient’s care team to help the patient maintain quality of life throughout treatment. These naturopathic medicine experts also review supplements the patient may already be taking, looking out for potential herb-drug interactions that may harm the patient’s health or interfere with treatment.
The naturopathic medicine providers at Southwestern work with patients to manage a variety of conditions, including digestive issues, respiratory problems and chronic fatigue. A number of naturopathic remedies may be available to combat these side effects. For example, if you are experiencing digestive upset, our Tulsa-based naturopathic providers may recommend herbal extracts, teas, digestive enzymes, probiotics or dietary supplements such as vitamins, minerals and amino acids. To offset insomnia, they may recommend melatonin, L-theonine, magnesium, magnolia or essential oils.
At Southwestern, our naturopathic providers are an important part of the integrative care team. Each patient’s team of clinicians is led by a medical oncologist, with a care manager coordinating communication among the care team. Other members of your care team may include a registered dietitian, a pain management physician, an acupuncturist and/or a chiropractor, depending on your needs and preferences. These care team members work closely together, all under one roof, collaborating on the patient’s treatment plan and personalizing it to meet the patient’s unique needs.