“Our goal is to work with the patient’s lifestyle, offer proven, evidence-based treatments and therapies and choose the best possible plan for our patients.”
– Dr. Markian Babij
Naturopathic oncology providers are specialists who use natural, non-toxic therapies to support the whole person and facilitate our innate healing processes. Their goal is to minimize the risk of harmful effects from cancer treatments, and apply the gentlest intervention needed to restore your health. Your naturopathic oncology provider at the Alaska Cancer Treatment Center acts as a consultant to your oncologist to support normal metabolism and digestion during cancer treatment; manage any side effects, such as nausea or fatigue; and boost immune function with use of immunotherapy.
One of the roles of the naturopathic provider is to educate regarding the facts versus the fiction concerning supplements and other natural therapies, and to help you choose wisely from the myriad of options available. Our naturopathic oncology provider has extensive experience with a wide array of natural products and therapies. We are also continually researching the latest supplements. Your naturopathic oncology provider will monitor your supplement and vitamin intake to make sure your supplements are appropriate for you, and to ensure safety from potential drug-herb and drug-nutrient interactions.
As part of the intake process, you’ll meet with your naturopathic oncology provider, who will review your history and make recommendations from a wide variety of natural therapies. Throughout your treatment, your naturopathic oncology provider will suggest natural therapies to support your immune system and reduce any treatment-related side effects, including:
- Nutritional supplements and botanical medicines, including vitamins, minerals, amino acids and herbs.
- Homeopathic remedies, mainly involving plant extracts and minerals that gently strengthen the body’s healing and immune response.
- Physical therapy and exercise therapy, including massage and other gentle techniques used on deep muscles and joints for therapeutic purposes.
- Hydrotherapy, which prescribes water-based approaches like hot and cold wraps, steaming and other therapies.
- Lifestyle counseling. Many medical conditions can be treated with foods and nutritional supplements, with fewer complications and side effects.
Our naturopathic oncology provider has extensive knowledge of radiation, chemotherapy and other cancer treatments. Your naturopathic provider will help guide your treatment plan and ensure communication with the oncology team at the Alaska Cancer Treatment Center. The Naturopathic Medicine Department also provides an educational component as well. Programs include information about vitamin and mineral supplements, natural remedies, nutritional guidance, lifestyle changes, stress management techniques and strategies for long-term prevention of recurrence.
As part of our integrative care approach at the Alaska Cancer Treatment Center, our patients have access to patient support services. To fully understand what this means, please take time to visit the Patient Resources area of this website. We outline the services available to you at every point in your care.
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