Updated: Feb 6, 2020
The use of integrative therapies and non-conventional treatments alongside standard of care cancer treatment is happening in as much as 91% of cancer patients. There are clear guidelines for Naturopathic Physicians who have and maintain board certification in oncology (FABNO) on how best to deliver patient centered care in the areas of assessment, treatment planning, care management, interprofessional collaboration and survivorship care (1) There is a need for integrative care in oncology that includes the patients needs, the standard of care treatment, and the ability to maintain quality of life and improve outcomes.
Being diagnosed with cancer is disruptive to every aspect of a person’s life. It is often isolating, associated with high levels of fear and anxiety at different times about the side effects of treatment and the questions surrounding a cancer diagnosis. Yet cancer does not have to be disabling or disempowering. With the right approach your cancer journey from diagnosis through treatment and beyond can be one that instills hope grounded in the compass of evidence, and the opportunity for better outcomes. Navigating your way through cancer does not have to be an individual effort. There is a whole world of supportive care that awaits to make your cancer treatment successful without compromising your quality of life.
If you choose supportive oncology in addition to conventional treatment, you are working with Heidi Kussmann, a Naturopathic Physician who is board certified in Oncology (FABNO). You will get comprehensive plans that support your current oncology treatment goals, whether they be standard of care, remission or survivorship care. There is a care plan for you and your cancer diagnosis.
Current Oncology, Vol. 26, No. 1, February 2019 © 2019.