You remember the moment clearly: the day you, or someone you care about, was diagnosed with cancer. Our very own Dr. Alaina Gair has a special concern for helping people who are working through cancer to navigate their journey with personalized, supportive care.
In this article, Dr. Gair summarizes what to expect when working with a naturopathic doctor with your cancer care.
Understanding How Adjunctive Cancer Care Empowers People With Cancer
We have shifted from a society that relies on doctors for all of our health-related advice to one where people seek out answers for themselves. There is an abundance of medical-type literature available thanks to the internet and I encourage clients to do some of their own research. This task can be overwhelming but can also bring insight and will empower you! Working with a naturopathic doctor who has been trained in adjunctive cancer care can bring greater understanding to these investigations, and bring clarity to your diagnosis, treatment options and complimentary therapies that would suit your individual case.
Solo is a No-Go!
Many natural treatments have the potential to interact with conventional treatments or decrease their effectiveness. Before starting any new treatment, it is important to see a naturopathic doctor whose clinical focuses include cancer care to discuss what you’ve come across and whether that is a good fit for you. Do not try to go it alone! A naturopath who has been trained in adjunctive cancer care can help you assess resources and implement the right treatment options for you, without hindering your conventional care or causing potentially harmful interactions.
A Dream Team
Today there isn’t enough evidence to suggest that any natural treatment should be chosen instead of the conventional treatments (generally a combination of surgery, chemotherapy and/or radiation). However, there is research – published and ongoing – that supports the use of naturopathic treatments in combination with those conventional therapies.
Integration and teamwork is an important part of helping you navigate a cancer diagnosis and is at the heart of adjunctive cancer care. By working within the oncology community and pairing these treatments, a naturopathic doctor can help you get through chemotherapy and radiation with less side effects, help to manage delays in treatment that can occur and improve your overall sense of wellness during treatment. Once your conventional treatments are complete, adjunctive cancer care can ease remaining side effects like brain fog, fatigue or pain and decrease likelihood of recurrence.
All treatment plans are developed on an individual basis with each person’s unique goals, other medications, and preferences in mind. Adjunctive cancer care can include:
· Supplements Selection
· Nutrition Optimization
· Lifestyle Coaching
· Stress Management
· IV Therapy
Dr. Alaina Gair, ND is a naturopathic doctor with a special interest in helping people with cancer. Naturopathic approaches can help you safely navigate the cancer treatment, recovery and prevention journey with personalized support. Dr. Gair would be pleased to answer your questions about how a naturopathic approach to cancer can help you. Contact us today to schedule your complimentary meet-and-greet visit with Dr. Gair.