Naturopathic Oncology Explained – Is It For You?

People suffering from cancer have found naturopathic oncology to be helpful in improving their survival and quality of life. It is a combination of complementary therapies that aim to help the patient before, during, and after traditional cancer treatments. But what exactly is Naturopathic Oncology and how can it help cancer patients? More info found below.

According to ONCANP, an organization consisting of licensed Naturopathic Doctors (NDs), naturopathic medical students and allied providers, these are the common side effects cancer patient experience during conventional treatments:

  • Fatigue
  • Pain
  • Mucositis
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Diarrhea or Constipation
  • Dermatitis
  • Peripheral Neuropathy

Common chronic conditions:

  • Allergies
  • Anxiety
  • Autoimmune Conditions
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Fatigue
  • Hypertension
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Insomnia
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Pre-Postmenopausal Symptoms
  • Reflux Esophagitis.


These physical effects are not only hard for the patient themselves – physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually – but also for their support system. With Naturopathic oncology, a personalized or customized treatment plan is made after a thorough consultation, their current physical and emotional state, lifestyle, and conventional treatments they receive are also taken into consideration. Whatever the approach, the main goal remains – survival and improvement of the quality of life. For example, with breast cancer patients, Naturopathic Doctors work to:

– Boost and sustain the immune system and minimize inflammation after biopsy, lumpectomy, or mastectomy surgery with the goal of shortening recovery times

– Safely reduce side effects of radiotherapy, chemotherapy, and pharmaceutical drug therapies, as well as provide natural synergists to these conventional treatments to enhance their efficacy

– Support the patient through mental and emotional stresses that any cancer diagnosis and treatment brings

– Emphasize prevention measures in healthy patients motivated to reduce their cancer risk

– Develop post-treatment recommendations to reduce the risk of recurrence

From Natural Medicine Journal

Here are some of the common naturopathic cancer therapies available:

– Dietary supplements can help reduce side effects and improve overall wellness so you can endure conventional treatments better.

– Botanical medicine—sometimes called herbal medicine—can also help reduce side effects.

– Homeopathic remedies use small doses of natural substances for recovery after surgery, nausea, constipation, diarrhea and hot flashes.

– Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese practice in which needles stimulate specific areas of the skin to promote natural healing for pain, nausea, hot flashes and peripheral neuropathy.

– Hydrotherapy stimulates your immune system with water to decrease inflammation.

– Environmental medicine includes lifestyle recommendations and therapies that decrease the harmful effects of toxins in your environment and food supply.

– Health education and lifestyle counseling offer valuable guidance and counseling on healthy living, quitting smoking and the benefits of exercise.


In a Huffpost article, Dr. Amy Rothenberg ND, a Naturopathic Physician and a cancer patient herself, share why a conventional medical team and Naturopathic oncology work best for her:

“Personally, I love my conventional medical team and have perfect faith in their ability to help me through surgery, chemotherapy and, if I need it, radiation therapy. I also feel deeply supported and confident about the naturopathic doctors by my side, to see me through this challenging time, to keep my body and mind in the best possible shape and to help me address side effects and other symptoms that may arise. With expert knowledge and research to back it up, I will work with diet, supplementation, botanical medicine, body-mind approaches and exercise, all at the recommendation of my naturopathic doctor.”

If you are considering getting naturopathic therapies to help fight and prevent cancer, schedule a consultation with our Licensed Naturopathic Practitioner at our Toronto wellness center. Contact , ND at (416) 922-4114.

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