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Oncology an emerging medical specialty for cancer patients

Posted Mar 14th, 2018 in Naturopathic Medicine, News, Tips

Oncology an emerging medical specialty for cancer patients


Oncology It is the branch of medicine that deals with cancer from all its aspects such as diagnosis, treatment, and supportive care. Naturopathic care is an emerging new practice that supports medical treatment of cancer.

Scope of practice 

In oncology, many practitioners support cancer patients with different tools and medical skills.  A medical oncologist specializes in the treatment of cancer using systemic therapies such as chemotherapy, targeted therapy, and tumor vaccines. A radiation oncologist uses high-frequency and energy electromagnetic radiation for cancer treatment. A surgical oncologist treats cancer by surgical resection. A naturopathic doctor can support the different treatments a cancer patient may be receiving through the use of essential nutrients, herbals, and intravenous therapies. These interventions work in harmony with other systemic therapies or local radiation therapy. A palliative care physician uses his/her experience to mitigate the medical problems that cancer patients may develop.

Comprehensive Cancer Care Centres

These are the medical centers that include all oncology physicians and naturopathic doctors who work as a healthcare team to fully support the medical care of cancer patients.

What to expect

Naturopathic doctors who support you during your oncology care can help at any stage of cancer diagnosis. Starting even before cancer diagnosis, the naturopathic doctor can help you avoid possible risk factors that may be responsible for cancer such as an unhealthy lifestyle, exposure to toxins, or lack of certain essential nutrients. After diagnosis, a well-trained naturopathic doctor especially one who dealt with cancer patients for a long time can discuss with you what should you take from the supplements/nutrients/herbs that support your energy level, fight against cancer cells, and protect you from the toxic side effects of chemotherapy, targeted agents, hormonal treatments or radiation therapy. Furthermore, naturopathic doctors can look into the best approaches to the proper healthy diet and lifestyle that cancer patients need. Pain management using naturopathic approaches is another strong tool naturopathic doctors have. This can be achieved in many ways such as using acupuncture, herbal supplements, and using high doses of intravenous vitamin C with Mistletoe. 

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