Integrative oncology is an opportunity to use the best of both worlds. It lets you experience the rapid kill or removal of cancer cells through conventional treatments while also supporting the body to recover more rapidly and reduce cancer growth with natural therapies. Incorporating Naturopathic Oncology into your cancer treatment plan allows your body to maintain health while undergoing treatment for cancer.
Our physicians underwent additional post-graduate training in oncology and homeopathy and are specially equipped to support you. They understand the latest research in natural medicine and how natural therapies interact, support, or potentially interfere with cancer treatments and each type of cancer.
Recovering quickly after chemotherapy, surgery, or radiation therapy may be the key to success in beating cancer. Oftentimes, the side effects from treatment pose the greatest hurdles to overcome. If you can recover with strong vitality after conventional treatments, you will likely be able to enhance the favorable outcomes from maintaining your schedule of treatment.
The Life Center offers the best natural therapies to support your physical, nutritional, and emotional needs. Naturopathic oncology improves healing and recovery from chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery while also utilizing alternative strategies for reducing cancer growth. When you incorporate naturopathic oncology into your cancer treatment, you are using every strategy possible to improve the strength of your body and meet the goal of eliminating cancer.
When you are done with conventional therapy, our goal is to reduce the risk of recurrence and to support getting your body back on track to a long life of health. We understand the effects that conventional treatment can have on the rest of your body and can help you get rid of fatigue, pain, chemo brain, and help you get your life back. We will also put together a plan that will protect you against future cancer. We do this by supporting immune function, using natural therapies that can stop cancer cell growth, providing nutrition and exercise plans, and supporting your emotional recovery.
At The Life Center we can also discuss alternative treatment options, if it is indicated as being safe. You can trust our doctors to give an honest opinion about your current treatment plan, and additional options for support.
Naturopathic oncology helps to make recovery from surgery easier on your body. Using nutrition, vitamins, homeopathy, herbs, and IV therapy before and after surgery can improve wound healing, decrease infection and reduce scar tissue formation. Prior to surgery, our doctors will help identify any supplements that could interfere with surgery and increase bleeding.
Integrating naturopathic oncology after surgery helps increase energy levels, and improves range of motion, resolution of infections, and nerve function. Natural therapies can also help reduce the chances of your cancer moving to new locations during and after surgery.
If you have already had surgery and are experiencing complications, natural medicine can help restore your body to health.
Chemotherapy and Natural Medicine
Integrating natural medicine into your chemotherapy plan can help reduce both immediate and long-term side effects. Our goal is to improve the effectiveness of your chemotherapy in eradicating cancer while protecting healthy tissues and cells and helping you maintain energy to tackle the rest of your life.
Research studies support the use of natural medicine for reducing a variety of chemotherapy side effects including nausea, fatigue, nerve changes, and taste changes. Natural therapies can help keep your red blood cell and white blood cell counts up so you can continue chemotherapy on schedule.
Targeted natural medicine can improve the effectiveness of chemotherapy. We know that certain herbs and nutrients have been studied for their ability to increase the chemotherapy in cancer cells and potentially improve the tumorcidal effects of chemotherapy. However, not all natural therapies are beneficial during chemotherapy. In fact, some natural therapies can decrease its effectiveness.
When you meet with our Life Center team, we will put together the right plan for the type of chemotherapy you are on, improving its effectiveness, and reducing any negative interactions. If you are currently taking any supplements, please bring them into your appointment to ensure that there are no negative interactions with chemotherapy.
In alignment with the principles of naturopathic medicine, The Life Center believes that prevention is the best cure. That is why we will identify the nutrients depleted by your specific chemotherapy plan and restore these before side effects begin. Each person responds to chemotherapy uniquely, and we are here to support you in whatever way your body responds.
If you completed chemotherapy days, weeks, months, or years ago and are having a hard time recovering your “normal” life, our physicians can help.
When you undergo radiation therapy, natural medicine can help improve your energy, increase cancer cell death, and protect surrounding healthy tissues. Our doctors have extensive experience in supporting the body’s healing and recovery from radiation therapy. We also know how to make your cancer cells more responsive to radiation therapy. Your natural medicine treatment plan will be based on the location of radiation therapy, the type of cancer you have, and your unique concerns.
Although radiation therapy has become more targeted, it is important to use naturopathic medicine to protect your thyroid, heart, lungs, bone marrow, and bone strength. When we protect these organs we can reduce long-term side effects and reduce the risk of new cancer development.
If you have already had radiation therapy, and are experiencing long-term side effects of fatigue, bowel changes, appetite changes, low white blood cells, skin changes, or osteoporosis, our physicians can help. At The Life Center, we know how to support your body to get it functioning and healthy again. You can feel better!