Integrative Cancer Care utilizes the best of conventional and complementary therapies together. Supporting quality of life and increasing chances of survival are the primary reasons patients seek Integrative Cancer Care. Complementary therapies include nutrition, lifestyle recommendations, supplements, intravenous therapy, and more.
Naturopathic doctors (NDs) are primary healthcare providers with a holistic approach to healthcare. NDs use lab tests, physical exams, and medical history for diagnosis. Treatment may include diet and lifestyle recommendations, herbs, supplements, or pharmaceutical intervention.
The word "Doctor" derives from the Latin word Docere, meaning to teach. Medical education is about patient empowerment. This allows patients to play an active role in their health journey, understanding their condition and all available treatment options.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Naturopathic doctors (NDs) are licensed medical professionals who provide a unique model of primary care healthcare. NDs, take the time to understand your health comprehensively, with 60-75 minute initial visits. Diagnostic testing may include LifeLabs blood work, advanced tests (i.e. food sensitivity, heavy metals, etc.), and physical exams. Treatment may consist of natural therapies such as botanicals, nutrition, supplements, or pharmaceuticals.
Yes. Naturopathic medicine focuses on supporting the health of the individual. This allows patients to tolerate conventional treatment better, leading to better outcomes.
If cancer is a weed, conventional oncology is focused on killing/eradicating the weed. Integrative oncology focuses on making the soil as inhospitable as possible for cancer growth.
No. The best time to initiate integrative cancer care is at the time of diagnosis. Some side effects of chemotherapy, such as peripheral neuropathy and cardiotoxicity, may be irreversible. It is easier to prevent these side effects (with adjunctive natural care) than to treat them downstream.
In addition, immune-supportive therapies are a cornerstone of integrative cancer care. Initiating naturopathic support during treatment can prevent delays and complications of standard care treatment.
Yes. Although cancer care is my clinical area of focus, I maintain a general practice. I firmly believe that being involved in cancer care makes me a better general practitioner and vice versa.
If, at any point, your care can be better managed with another professional I will happily make the referral.
Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) are well-positioned to care for individuals who do not have access to a General Practitioner (GP). In the province of British Columbia,