Supportive Cancer Care
“You are a person who has cancer, not a cancer patient! I treat you, the person.”
Our treatment is based on the following beliefs:
- Disease is an ongoing process and takes time to develop
- Genetics and the environment play a large part in the development of cancer
- It’s important to determine the emotional and biochemical causal chain of events that went into the development of cancer
- The initial treatment of the cancer is only the first step towards healing
Our cancer support programs are created for your individual needs while undergoing treatment. Our programs include:
Preparing For Surgery In Order To Insure the Most Positive Outcome
Our surgery preparation starts five days before your surgery, with specific dietary changes and supplements. We use homeopathic remedies to speed the healing and minimize tissue trauma.
The Importance of Side Effects Management
Side effects are caused when your normal cells are either damaged or destroyed during the process of chemotherapy.
Treatment side effects can include:
- Weight loss and cachexia -- cancer is a cachexic disease. This means that the disease and the treatments cause weakness. Our job is to help you to stay as healthy as possible while undergoing treatment and minimizing the side effects.
- Loss of appetite with nausea and vomiting
- Depression, memory and cognitive problems, often referred to as “chemo brain”
- Bone marrow suppression with resulting anemia
- Nerve damage, muscle pain
The Importance of Nutrition
Cancer is also a disease that has specific nutritional requirements. Oncology-focused nutrition can have a huge impact in lessening the side-effects of treatment.
During treatment our options are limited in regards to supplements, but utilizing “food as medicine” forms the foundation of our complementary approach to supportive cancer care.
We will focus on making sure you are receiving the right form of protein and high-nutrient foods throughout your treatment. Our nutritional programs can support your immune system and lessen the chance of infection, ensure positive probiotic gut balance, increase your energy, and keep your body as healthy as possible throughout treatment.
Integrative care has become more prevalent for people undergoing treatment for cancer. Recently, the Society for Integrative Oncology published a first-of-its kind breast cancer clinical practice guidelines.
A systematic review was performed, reviewing published randomized controlled trials, assessing the safety and effectiveness of integrative modalities as supportive care in women receiving standard breast cancer treatment.
The study accessed the effective use of acupuncture, botanicals, vitamins and minerals, mind body practices such as meditation, Tai Qi and Qi Gong, on symptoms such as anxiety, stress and depression, quality of sleep, fatigue and pain, hot flashes, chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting, and lymphedema.
It was found that over 80% of breast cancer patients use some form of integrative cancer therapy after diagnosis. They found promising evidence “on the use of acupuncture for nausea, fatigue, anxiety, pain, and quality of life; the use of acupressure and ginseng for fatigue; the use of mistletoe for quality of life; the use of ginger for CINV (Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea and Vomiting), and the use of stress management techniques for improving mood, quality of life, and sleep.” It was recommended that researchers consider incorporating assessment of complementary and integrative therapy use and intervention effects to conventional treatment trials.
Some Basic Guidelines While Undergoing Treatment For Cancer
IT REALLY DOES TAKE A VILLAGE
We employ an integrative approach to health that empowers our patients to control their health outcomes by providing them access to indispensable tools and resources.
In addition to the medical professionals on your team we encourage you to be proactive in your choice of practitioners and other health professionals. Thoroughly research the doctors who will become part of your health program to create the best possible match for your personality and needs. Bedside manner does really matter! Try to find the individuals who best reflect your beliefs and are enthusiastic about joining YOUR journey to healing.
Be on the lookout for these Qualities in your team members:
- The ability to listen to your wants and needs.
- An acceptance of your belief in your body’s ability to respond positively to treatments.
- The ability to help you care for yourself and the ability to care for you when you aren’t able to do so for yourself.
- An attitude of empathy and compassion as opposed to “feeling sorry for you”.