• Has anyone used a Naturopathic Physician in conjunction with your oncologists' therapies (i.e., chemo, rads, rx)?

    Asked by dealite2007 on Wednesday, January 30, 2013

    Has anyone used a Naturopathic Physician in conjunction with your oncologists' therapies (i.e., chemo, rads, rx)?

    If you have what are your thoughts? My Radiation Onc. recommended one to me to help get my metabolism and body back to as normal as possible after my radiation and during the arimidex.

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    • SueRae1's Avatar

      If you Radiation Oncologist recommended this, I think it's a great idea. I was seeing an NP regularly before my diagnoses, she felt it would be inappropriate to treat me once my I started chemo. I did see through out the 3 weeks of pre diagnosis testing to help manage my anxiety, and its effects on my body.

      With my oncologist ok, I do incorporate alternative therapies, such as supplements,herbs, massage and energy work into my at home care. I would see NP if I could find one who could work with someone on Chemo.

      over 3 years ago
    • raven's Avatar

      I have seen my NP throughout my treatment. She helped with recommending herbs that would help protect my heart during chemo, salves to help with neuropathy, rinses for mouth sores, homeopathics to minimize burning during radiation, injections to reduce scarring, treatment for lymphedema, and much more. I keep my other practitioners informed about what I am taking/doing. I have been vey happy with my resukts and highly recommend finding a NP that will work with you, all the better if your radiologist recommends her.

      over 3 years ago
    • Yallpaint's Avatar

      Yes! Yes! Yes! I added a naturopath oncologist to my team after I completed radiation (which was after surgery & chemo). It was the BEST thing I could have done. He suggested vitamins, foods and habits that help with all the side effects of treatment, get your energy back on track, and help you recover. More than that, you feel empowered because now you have some control over how you feel. I wish I would have done this from day one.

      over 3 years ago
    • nonnie917's Avatar

      I am going to see a naturalpathic doctor for the 1st time today. I am hoping I can get some answers to questions I have about my over all health. I have severe fibromyalgia, bi-polar disorder and depression. I am tired of being on all sorts of drugs to handle these situations. The strongest being Oxycondone.

      over 3 years ago
    • nonnie917's Avatar

      My sister recommended that I see a massage therapist that does lymphatic massage. She says that is the best type because it takes all of the poisons in your system out. She warned me I would be sick for a couple of days after, but to drink lots of water. My sister has been a health nut all her life, taken very good care of herself and now she has some sort of muscle issue that leaves her in absolute pain all the time to the point she can't even move unless she takes prednesone. She finally decided that she had to do it because she wasn't living any kind of life the way she was she was in so much pain. Doctor's cannot figure out what is wrong with her and the sad thing is she can't come here to the University of Washington (best medical center in the world) because her Oregon insurance won't let her. I know if she could be seen there they would find an answer. Anything that we can do to not take those poisonous drugs is good for our bodies.

      over 3 years ago
    • MarnieC's Avatar

      I did! I found it to be absolutely crucial to my well being to be able to do as much as I could naturally. When my immune system was blasted by chemotherapy I never got sick because I was taking lots of immune boosting supplements recommended by my naturopath (I have a list of them if you're interested). I've just learned that there are actually naturopaths who are specially trained to deal with cancer patients, here is their website (it might help you locate one in your area) http://www.oncanp.org/ Click on the tab "Find a ND" to locate one near you. Hope that helps! PS - good for your radiation oncologist - kudos!

      over 3 years ago
    • chrissy's Avatar

      Yes I see my naturopathic doc every time I have chemo, has helped quite a bit

      over 3 years ago

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