Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Pancreatic cancer: Naturopathic medicine

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Daniel Kellman: Naturopathic medicine can play a very important role in the treatment of pancreatic cancer. A lot of times, patients, if found at the right stage, will have what's called a Whipple surgery, or a removal of part of the pancreas or the whole pancreas, and maybe even some of the digestive system where the digestive system actually gets rerouted a little bit. So there can be problems with actually breaking down foods, such as carbohydrates and fats, which is one of the vital roles that the pancreas plays. So we can actually supplement with pancreatic enzymes. There are some prescriptions available as well for that. And maintaining a proper digestion and absorption of nutrients becomes vital with pancreatic cancer. Not only are we utilizing surgical techniques, but also very targeted therapies and chemotherapy regimens. We can protect the platelets, for example, utilizing various mushroom extracts. We've even seen things like sesame seed oil improving platelet counts so that patients are able to get their treatment.

In this video, Daniel Kellman, ND, FABNO talks about the role naturopathic medicine can play in integrated treatment for pancreatic cancer.

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