What is Integrative Oncology

Integrative oncology is a form of care that adds safe, holistic options for natural and supportive therapies in collaboration with conventional care. The goal of this collaboration is to support optimal health and well-being: physically, mentally and emotionally.

Within this model of integrative oncology, the focus is on improving the quality of life for cancer patients. Patients benefit from a coordinated approach to their care as Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) collaborate with conventional providers at all stages:

  • At the time of diagnosis: to prepare the patient for what lies ahead.

  • During active treatment: to reduce side effects and potentially improve response to conventional care.

  • Post-treatment: to help with recovery and support prevention of recurrence with healthy lifestyle education.

The focused goal for medical oncologists, surgeons and radiation oncologists is on targeting tumour eradication.

NDs trained in integrative cancer care use natural and supportive therapies to reduce side effects, optimize conventional care, and prevent recurrence.

The integrative oncology approach focuses on patient-centered care with a high standard for safety. NDs continue to abide by Naturopathic Medicine’s Core Principles through out caring for clients using the methods of integrative oncology.