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Integrative Cancer Support

An evidence-based approach to complex illness and integrative oncology care.

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Heidi Kussmann ND FABNO is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor who is board certified in Naturopathic Oncology with over 15 years experience in the spectrum of oncology care.  She is the only naturopathic oncology provider in the state of Texas at this time.

Dr. Kussmann also works with complex health issues for adult and pediatric populations.  Her approach to care involves assessment of and treatment targeted at all the influences on your health in addition to the primary condition needing treatment.  This involves a complete lifestyle assessment for causal factors and a complete plan for treatment.  You will get  an action plan for each health concern at your first consultation.     

Naturopathic Oncology Care works with a person in the journey of their cancer treatment at all stages - from prevention, early detection, treatment and beyond. Typical treatment in conventional oncology involves using the routine assessments for pathology and staging via blood work and imaging and biopsy followed by an extensive treatment plan that may include surgery, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, and/or radiation therapy in any combination.  When a person is diagnosed with cancer, this point in time is the time to prepare and support the body for upcoming conventional therapy.  Regardless of where you are with cancer, we work with all stages and types of cancer and their corresponding treatments to support their effect on cancer while sparing healthy cells and body function.

 

The services we provide include preventing side effects such as neutropenia and thrombocytopenia, which can cause a delay in conventional treatment and reduce efficacy of treatment.  We also provide supportive care for optimal quality of life and treatment outcomes while addressing the side effects of traditional treatment, which include but are not limited to the following: 

 

  • Neuropathy (numbness and tingling)

  • Dysgeusia (taste changes)

  • Weight loss

  • Cachexia (muscle wasting)

  • Nausea

  • Constipation

  • Diarrhea

  • Bloating

  • Fatigue

  • Brain Fog

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

My work with you will go beyond simple side effect reduction.  I have over 15 years of oncology experience to enhance conventional therapy with targeted immune support, using evidence supported modalities such as low-dose naltrexone and high dose Vitamin C infusions for example.  Further, there is evidence to ensure optimal gut microbiome for optimal chemotherapy and radiation therapy efficacy.  These are some examples of the growing evidence based examples in favor of combining conventional and naturopathic medical care for the best possible outcome.  Being a recent cancer survivor myself, I am an active proponent of recurrence prevention, which is not the same as supportive care during conventional treatment.  More information about Naturopathic Oncology can be found here.


 

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