Integrating Conventional Care with Naturopathic Treatments
Therapies Before, During, and After Chemotherapy

Therapeutic Goals and Outcomes

The goal of implementing natural therapies is to support patients who are undergoing conventional treatment for cancer. It is to reduce the toxicity and damage caused by conventional treatments and to support healthy processes in the body. By using natural substances to enhance the immune system, manage negative side effects, and damage cancer cells, naturopathic care can improve survival outcomes and improve  quality of life.

Anti-Tumour Natural Therapies

Increasingly research shows that there are natural supplements and therapies that can have cytotoxic or anti-tumour effects and prevent metastasis. Some of the best researched supplements, when used appropriately under the care of a naturopathic doctor are:

  • EGCG (Green tea extract)
  • Curcumin (Turmeric)
  • Modified Citrus Powder
  • Melatonin
  • Intravenous Vitamin C
  • Viscum Album (Mistletoe) Injection

Intravenous Vitamin C Therapy

A special note should be made about this therapy. For more advanced cases of cancer, a more aggressive approach is to elevate blood levels of vitamin C only achievable intravenously. In large amounts, vitamin C is converted into hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) in the blood, thereby acting as a potent free radical and becoming toxic to cells. Healthy cells have a high level of an enzyme called catalase which can protect against H2O2. Cancer cells lack a sufficient amount of this enzyme and are therefore damaged by the H2O2 produced via the vitamin C.  For more information, please see www.oicc.ca 

Eating Right to Treat and Prevent Cancer

A clean and healthy diet is particularly important in cancer management and prevention. There are common foods in our daily diet that are carcinogenic, increase the risk of developing cancer, can damage DNA, and accumulate toxicity in the body. Such things include red meats, processed foods, preservatives, pesticides, and more. Often it is difficult for individuals undergoing cancer treatment to feel well or eat right but there are healthy strategies to maintain your energy, weight, and appetite before, during and after treatment.

Supporting The Immune System

A major reason cancer can occur or increase is because of an improperly functioning immune system. Incorporating immune enhancing nutrients in your plan to treat and prevent cancer is important. Some among the cancer-fighting immune treatments are mushroom extracts and herbal remedies. These can be useful during chemotherapy or radiation, with the advice of your naturopathic doctor:

  • Maitake D Fraction
  • AHCC
  • Ganoderma Lucidum (Reishi)
  • Astragalus Membranaceus

After Chemotherapy and Radiation

A common concern after these treatments are weakness, fatigue, and lack of mental focus. Proper diet, exercise, nutrients, vitamins and minerals are important during and after chemotherapy and radiation to repair the body after it has been damaged during treatment.

Unfortunately, for some individuals conventional treatments do not work as well as intended, in which case hope should never be given up. Speak to our naturopathic doctors to explore some more experimental natural therapies.

Detoxification and Cleansing

Naturopathic methods of cleansing and detoxifying include use of diet, exercise, vitamins, minerals, and herbs that stimulate and support organs such as your liver, kidney and intestines to clear out  toxins.  Our doctors can create tailored programs for you.

Collaboration and Research

Combining Natural with Conventional Treatments

Each person’s treatment plan must be individualized based on many factors including: the type of cancer; the stage; what conventional treatments have or will been done, etc. Many individuals are concerned that natural supplements that many interfere with their conventional treatment; but there is hope. There are a wide variety of natural treatments that do not interfere with conventional treatments. In fact, they reduce the damage done to healthy cells by conventional treatments, can directly attack the cancerous cells, and have been shown to be safe and effective, and can even increase the effectiveness of chemotherapy and radiation.

Evidence Based Natural Therapies

At our clinic, we ensure the highest standards of research behind our treatments. There are many supplement that claim they are “nature’s miracle cure” for cancer. However, we utilize only supplements that have been scientifically studied and have shown evidence of beneficial effects against cancer.