Daniel Kellman: Naturopathic medicine has a vital role to play in the concurrent treatment of colon cancer in the integrative model. Some of the agents that are used are 5-FU-based, or 5-Fluorouracil chemotherapy-based, regimens. For example, FOLFOX and FOLFIRI are very common regimens that are utilized in the treatment of colon cancer. That has a tendency to cause a side effect called hand-foot syndrome. We can use some very simple vitamins to be able to prevent that or at least reduce the severity of hand-foot syndrome. 5-FU can also affect the flora of the digestive tract, and we can use probiotics, for example, with that to keep the bowel flora healthy.
In this video, naturopathic clinician Daniel Kellman, ND, FABNO, explains how natural therapies can be used to help prevent and reduce side effects of colon cancer chemotherapy, including 5-Fluorouracil chemotherapy-based regimens.