cancer care

A diagnosis of cancer affects more than just your physical health. It can cause worry and distress for you and your family and friends, in addition to practical concerns

Supportive care helps to meet your social, psychological and physical needs and provides you with the relevant information to better understand the implications of the procedures and treatments being offered to you.

Multidisciplinary or team care involves a group of health professionals with appropriate skills to manage your treatment and care options.
It is often necessary for you to bring your own team together to ensure you receive the best care.

Your team may include a surgeon, GP, oncologist, radiologists, specialist nurses, counsellors and allied health practitioners.

The best cancer care strives not only to kill the cancer cells with the prudent use of anticancer agents like chemotherapy and radiation, but also to support a healthy body through healthy eating, exercise, psychological support and the use of specific natural medicines including nutrients and herbs.

The care we provide address the physical, nutritional, and psychological aspects of healing and recovery.

We work with you to build your body and its defences to help protect against cancer in the future.

A naturopathic cancer care program includes exercise, personalised nutrition, supplements and herbal medicines. The care plan may also include recommendations for improving stress management and psychological support. Other therapies recommended may include whole body hyperthermia, counselling, oxygen therapy, oncology massage and lymphatic drainage massage.

Naturopathic care support aims at making you as healthy as possible during cancer treatment, helping you to recover well after the completion of treatment and hopefully reducing the risk of a recurrence.

What is integrative oncology?

Integrative Medicine has been defined as “the practice of medicine that reaffirms the importance of the relationship between practitioner and patient, focuses on the whole person, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapeutic approaches, healthcare professionals, and disciplines to achieve optimal health and healing”.

Integrative oncology has been specifically described as both a science and a philosophy that focuses on the complex health of people with cancer and proposes an array of approaches to accompany the conventional therapies of surgery, chemotherapy, molecular therapeutics, and radiotherapy to facilitate health.

Goals of integrative oncology

Integrative Oncology uses the best evidence-based treatments (i.e. surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, acupuncture, massage, stress reduction, herbal and nutritional medicine) with the following goals:

  • Treating the cancer
  • Preventing recurrence
  • Reducing side effects and symptoms
  • Integrative Oncology encourages a healthy lifestyle to help the body in its innate abilities to fight and prevent cancer. This can be accomplished by learning strategies to reduce stress, increasing physical activity and healthy eating.
  • Practicing these lifestyle changes leads to beneficial “anti-cancer” effects:
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Maintaining stable blood sugar
  • Decreasing inflammation
  • Reducing (free radical) oxidative damage to cells
  • Decreasing hormonal stimulation of cancer cells

Treatments are selected using a customised approach for each person by taking into account various factors:

  • Cancer type and stage
  • Other medical conditions
  • General health status
  • Symptoms
  • Safety and efficacy of the treatment
  • Cost and availability of treatment
  • Social support

Selecting the most appropriate therapies for an individual is not simple, as there are many factors to consider. Coordinating the various therapies so that all of your healthcare practitioners are communicating and knowing what you are doing/taking/planning can be time-consuming, complicated and confusing. 

Your support team

A diagnosis of cancer affects more than just your physical health. It can cause worry and distress for you and your family and friends, in addition to practical concerns

Supportive care helps to meet your social, psychological and physical needs and provides you with the relevant information to better understand the implications of the procedures and treatments being offered to you.

Multidisciplinary or team care involves a group of health professionals with appropriate skills to manage your treatment and care options.
It is often necessary for you to bring your own team together to ensure you receive the best care.

Your team may include a surgeon, GP, oncologist, radiologists, specialist nurses, counsellors and allied health practitioners.

Beware of well-meaning friends and Dr Google

People with cancer often get excited about what they have read about intravenous vitamin C, Iscador (mistletoe), green tea, resveratrol, fish oil or curcumin. They read websites promoting a wide range of diets that range from Dr. Budwig’s cottage cheese flax oil regime to lists of alkaline and acid foods. Their friends and family, hearing they have cancer, offer to sell them the latest multi-level-marketed products such as mangosteen juice, graviola, or Ambrotose, believing these have anticancer properties and promising miracle cures. We can guide you through this confusing marketplace.

Integrative Oncology Programmes

The programmes have been specifically developed to provide a comprehensive programme for patients diagnosed with cancer. The programmes are applicable at all stages of the cancer journey whether just diagnosed, in the middle or after completion of conventional cancer therapy, or in remission. 

The programmes are individualised because every person diagnosed with cancer is on an individual journey and no treatments are indentical.

Screening tools

The support programme will also include recommendations about additional screening tools that may help guide specific therapies.

Tests include screening for Circulating Tumour Cells (CTC) isolated from the blood. CTC may be used as an early warning sign of cancer developing or returning, and may also be used to track progression and response to treatment.

Elevated levels of circulating tumour cells have been associated with a worse prognosis and reduced overall survival.

Your Medical Record

A medical record includes notes about services provided, scans and the interpretation of results, recommendations about treatments, personal details and correspondence with health professionals.

You can request access to your medical record. It is recommended that you obtain copies of notes and reports and keep your own medical record in a suitable folder.

Consultations, programme and specific therapies – what to expect?

We integrate various strategies into a single unique programme of care for you.

We offer dietary and lifestyle advice including herbal and nutritional medicines to safely support you during and after your medical treatment.

The most efficacious cancer care strives not only to kill cancer cells with the use of anticancer agents such as chemotherapy or radiation, but also to support healthy tissue through dietary and lifestyle interventions, the use of specific herbal and nutritional medicines and other supportive therapies as directed by your naturopath.

We are familiar with the conventional diagnostic tests, blood markers and treatments for cancer. The protocols we offer will not interfere with your medical treatment but may help reduce side effects and improve your well-being during treatment.

We understand the standard treatments employed by medical oncologists and how best to work with them in a collaborative model of cancer co-treatment.

After completion of medical treatment, patients can also benefit from specific herbal medicines, nutritional support and diet and lifestyle modifications to reduce the risk of recurrence of cancer and improve overall health and wellness.

During the initial appointment we will discuss your full medical history, your diagnosis, and current or planned treatments. Please bring any records, test results or other medical documents that you have available.  Follow-up consultations will focus on dietary and lifestyle advice and the use of naturopathic medicines, hyperthermia and other supportive therapies.

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