You or a person you care about is diagnosed with cancer. Common questions, emotions and thoughts start to form: Has the cancer been caught early enough? Is the cancer treatable? How effective are the treatments for my case? What can I do to help minimize the future risks?
For some patients, the situation involves a recurrence, in which a past cancer has returned or metastasised to another site. For others conventional treatments may not be working as well as they should be or the side effects seem unbearable. Lastly, there are those cancers for which no noteworthy treatment options are available. Many patients suffer from double – edged sword of conventional cancer treatment – helpful in treating the cancer site, yet potentially harmful to the rest of the body. For example, overtime some chemotherapy medicines may cause nerve problems and radiation treatments can harm the tissues and organs surrounding the cancer area. Some patients need to halt treatments because of low white blood cell counts and other common side effects due to the treatment they are undergoing.
The emerging field of Naturopathic Medicine may hold answers and support for people found in the above circumstances of the cancer care paradigm. Dr. Katrina Cox, ND has personal experience with cancer and has most recently started to focus on developing support programs within her practice for cancer patients. She has travelled abroad to learn about the most advanced integrative cancer care models. She believes in empowering patients and families of cancer with knowledge, so they can make individualized strategy decisions. She believes in an integrative approach to support all types of cancer. Most importantly, Dr. Katrina Cox ND offers patients a “best of both worlds” approach; she will help you engage in a comprehensive discussion around imaging and blood work results, supplying you with the information you need to pick an integrative individualized treatment strategy.
Dr. Katrina Cox ND is registered with the College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO). She is also a member in good standing of the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors (OAND), the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND) and an affiliate of Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians (OncANP).
Naturopathic Medical Tools to help patients with a cancer diagnosis:
- Nutrition – diet and food supplements to support nutrition for the body, and mind.
- Botanical – herbs and medicinal plants to help heal and protect cells from damage.
- Homeopathic Remedies– to help manage side effects, to help with drainage and lymphatic support and to help with mind, body and spirit therapy.
- Chinese Medicine – acupuncture to help with managing side effects of treatment, to strengthen the body and immune system.
- Intravenous Therapy – to help support the body to destroy cancer cells, to help chemotherapy target specific cancer cells
- Immune Therapies – Mistletoe, to help educate and strengthen the immune system.
Who can you turn to for creditable advice?
The biggest stumbling block that patients have is who to trust. There are many opinions and lots of options for treatment and support. A trained Naturopathic Doctor can help you navigate the vast majority of integrative treatment options that exist. She/he will be able to advise patients of contraindications and will work with you to educate your care team with the research that exists and what treatment options are available.
Questions to ask any health care provider you are seeking advice from for integrative treatment suggestions should include:
What kind of experience do you have treating patients with cancer?
What specific or specialized training have you received in natural medicine?
- What are your qualifications and how do you maintain them?