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Naturopathic Medicine

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"Our goal is to provide patients with a clear and concise understanding of naturopathic medicine, and for them to feel supported in using naturopathic medicine as a safe and powerful part of their cancer-fighting plan."

-Katherine Anderson, ND, FABNO, Chief, Division of Naturopathic Medicine

Our department

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.

Naturopathic therapies

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:

  • Vitamins
  • Minerals
  • 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 Southwestern

Katherine Anderson, N.D., F.A.B.N.O., Chief of the Division of Naturopathic Medicine at CTCA, leads the naturopathic medicine team at CTCA at Southwestern Regional Medical Center (Southwestern). The team is comprised of experienced naturopathic clinicians, each with a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree from a doctoral-level program accredited by the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education.

The naturopathic team at Southwestern specializes in oncology. About half of the staff has completed a two-year specialized residency program in integrative naturopathic oncology. Some are also acupuncturists as well.

Low level energy laser therapy

The naturopathic medicine team at Southwestern provides low level energy laser therapy, also known as "cold laser therapy," to help reduce treatment-related side effects like peripheral neuropathy (numbness or tingling in the hands and feet, often caused by chemotherapy), pain, fatigue, lymphedema, mucositis (inflammation of the digestive tract, often caused by chemotherapy and radiation) and wound healing.

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