At Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), Phoenix, we recognize the important role that naturopathic medicine may have in helping cancer patients manage certain treatment-related side effects. At our Phoenix hospital, naturopathic medicine is part of an integrative care model that is central to the CTCA® whole-person treatment approach. Our naturopathic medicine providers work as part of a wider care team, recommending natural, non-toxic therapies designed to support the immune function and counteract certain side effects, including digestive issues such as constipation or diarrhea, chronic fatigue or insomnia. Naturopathic approaches may include dietary supplements, tuning-fork therapy, homeopathic remedies and/or essential oils, among other options.
Our naturopathic providers at CTCA are an important part of the integrative care team, led by a medical oncologist and coordinated by a care manager. Depending on your needs and treatment goals, your care team may also include a registered dietitian, a pain management physician, a spiritual support provider, an acupuncturist and/or a chiropractor. These clinicians offering evidence-based supportive therapies work closely with the medical experts on your care team, which may include a radiation oncologist, a surgical oncologist and/ or a reconstructive plastic surgeon. Each patient’s team of doctors and clinicians communicate regularly and collaborate on a personalized treatment plan designed to not just treat the cancer, but support the patient’s overall well-being and quality of life. Together, these cancer experts educate and empower patients to make informed decisions about their treatment, answering questions as they come up.