Naturopathic & Integrative Cancer Care
While 1 in 2 Canadians may be estimated to develop cancer in their lifetime, there is a growing public interest for expert guidance in safe and evidence-informed integrative strategies to whole-person cancer care 1 . The world of integrative oncology is expanding and many patients are pursing the "co-management approach." Naturopathic medicine is a unique discipline of medicine that offers safe and effective natural medicine support for all aspects of cancer care, from prevention to survivorship. As Tandem Clinic's naturopathic cancer care focused ND, Dr. Moore is well-versed in the language and protocols of conventional cancer treatments and she believes that patients benefit greatly from a multidisciplinary team of medical providers.
Although survival and disease-free survival are critical targets in the care of a cancer patient, overall quality of life is fundamental. This may include supporting immune function and blood counts, establishing or maintain healthy weight and nutritional status, supporting healthy sleep and stress management, improving energy and vitality and reducing side effects from conventional cancer treatments such as: surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, immunotherapy, targeted therapy, hormone therapy or others. In addition to supporting quality of life, reducing side effects from conventional treatment also helps to improve the likelihood that conventional treatment is not interrupted due to those side effects.
Beyond managing side effects and supporting quality of life, focus of care may include how cancer has manifested in your life and what can be done to shift your body away from the cancer process and to aid in the fight against cancer.
Depending on your individual medical needs, personal health goals, preferences and comfort level, treatments may include: diet, lifestyle discussion, environmental medicine, botanical/herbal medicine, injection or IV therapy, acupuncture, cold laser therapy or other treatment approaches. The compatibility between natural therapies, conventional treatment, personal medications, health issues and past medical history is taken into account. The result is a safe and individualized treatment plan that is both evidence-informed and addresses the unique goals of each patient.
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Dr. Jessica Moore
Dr. Jessica Moore is registered with College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia. She is a hospital and residency- trained naturopathic doctor with a special focus in integrative cancer care. She is well-versed in the language and protocols of conventional cancer treatment (chemotherapy, targeted therapies, radiation, surgery etc.) and offers guidance in safe and evidence-informed integrative approaches to whole person cancer care. For more information on Dr. Moore please visit tandemclinic.com
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Integrative Cancer Care
Naturopathic medicine is the perfect complement to your conventional cancer treatment plan and a unique system of medicine that offers natural medicine solutions to many concerns that cancer patients frequently encounter.
Naturopathic & Integrative therapies
General medicine naturopathic modalities include, but are not limited to the following: diet, lifestyle recommendations, botanical or herbal medicine, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, acupuncture or others. Cancer specific therapies may be included as part of your therapies as well. All naturopathic therapies are individualized and assessed in the context of your diagnosis, conventional treatment, medical history, and treatment goals.
Your naturopathic cancer care consultation is about taking the time to understand the full scope of your health. The goal is to integrate your medical needs, medical history and unique concerns to provide an individualized, safe and comprehensive approach to your plan of care.
Care for the Care Giver
Caring for someone who is battling cancer can be a very special and rewarding experience. However, at times it can also be difficult or fatiguing. When times get tough, self-care becomes vitally important. Dr. Moore can work with you to help support your quality of life, vitality, resilience and individual health needs/goals.
Naturopathic Doctors are able to prescribe laboratory testing via LifeLabs and several private labs in both Canada and the USA. Testing may include basic blood work, standard tumor markers, circulating tumor cells or other relevant or functional medicine testing.
Information from print and electronic resources can help you make informed decisions about your health care; however, you shouldn't believe everything you read online. There is a great deal of opinion, misinformation and misuse, especially on natural medicines. Working with a naturopathic doctor trained in oncology will help to take the burden of guess work out of what you are reading about online and provide you with a safe and evidence-informed plan of care. Until then, we would like to provide you with safe helpful resources to start.