The Role of Naturopathic Medicine in Cancer Care

Over 1.5 million people are diagnosed with cancer every year in the Unites States. More than 80% of cancer patients incorporate natural medicine in their treatment. Join the AANMC and Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians President – Dr. Heather Wright to learn about naturopathic approaches to cancer care.

Here’s what will be discussed:
-Defining naturopathic medicine  and naturopathic oncology
-Patient statistics for naturopathic cancer care
-Training and goals of naturopathic oncology
-Research
-Case studies

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About the Presenter

Heather Wright, ND, FABNO is president of the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians (OncANP) and co-research director for the KNOW project – a searchable database of integrative oncology clinical trials. Dr. Wright is board certified in naturopathic oncology with 12 years of experience working in hospital-based oncology teams and 14 years in clinical practice. During her career, Dr. Wright became an expert in the co-management of pancreatic cancer and on intravenous vitamin C for people with advanced cancer. As a specialist in naturopathic oncology, Dr. Wright has worked diligently with countless families to improve quality of life and longevity.

Dr. Wright is a volunteer and clinical board member for Gilda’s club and Cancer Support Community and is a lecturer, writer, and consultant for research and publication project in integrative oncology. Dr. Wright has published articles on intravenous vitamin C as supportive care in Current Oncology, on the power of the placebo effect in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine and on tools for integrating natural approaches into conventional care for pancreatic cancer in Natural Medicine Journal. Dr. Wright also consults with organizations to incorporate integrative providers and approaches into clinical settings.

In 2017, Dr. Wright founded Good Apple Wellness, located in Philadelphia, PA which offers private consultations for integrative care and provides specialized expertise for families affected by cancer. Dr. Wright works with clients in person and by tele-consultation.

Dr. Wright is a graduate of Bastyr University.

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Naturopathic Cancer Care: From Risk Reduction to Survivorship

Over 1.5 million people are diagnosed with cancer every year in the Unites States. Drawing on their decades of combined experience in the field of naturopathic oncology, Dr. Marcia Prenguber and Dr. Marie Winters will review the role of a naturopathic physician through each phase of cancer care.

Naturopathic Cancer Care: From Risk Reduction to Survivorship

The presentation will cover:

  • Risk Reduction: lifestyle factors for cancer prevention
  • Natural therapies to manage side effects of chemotherapy, radiation and immunotherapy
  • Sun safety and healthier sun screen options
  • Survivorship: thriving after a cancer diagnosis
  • Mental health and oncology
  • Case Study: how naturopathic medicine supports a patient through their cancer journey

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The Future is Bright for Naturopathic Medicine

The future of naturopathic medicine is bright!

In the past decade or so, healthcare has changed immensely. From legislation to technological advances, it’s definitely a “brave new world” in healthcare. It should come as no surprise that students are flocking to these careers and the schools that provide training in these areas. Healthcare is moving in a different direction when it comes to how a patient’s treatment is approached. Health services are now being delivered by a team of professionals instead of just one lead provider. Part of that team approach includes naturopathic doctors who can help treat a variety of issues. That’s why naturopathic medicine is a great option for those who want to have a direct impact on the health of others.

ND Job Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, eleven of the top twenty fastest growing occupations are in health-related fields. Traditional healthcare is not the only field that is growing rapidly. Naturopathic medicine will add 24,000 potential new jobs this year and the growth rate is expected to continue at an almost steady 10% per year. In fact, naturopathic medicine is now rated as having an “excellent” career outlook. Health Careers websites report that “the projection for making a prosperous living in this field are excellent for the foreseeable future. Naturopathic medicine continues to gain acceptance and recognition throughout the United States and Canada.

This trend in healthcare is largely due to the fact that Americans as a whole are beginning to turn a corner on their health and realize they need to make significant changes to their lifestyle. For instance, the CDC has recently reported that roughly 30 million Americans have diabetes, but another 84 million are “pre-diabetic”. As a result of this news, many people are looking to eat healthier and live more naturally, including seeking naturopathic options in healthcare.

As a sign that naturopathic medicine is growing, take the recent results of a survey of healthcare providers that showed “twenty-eight prominent health systems, hospitals, and cancer treatment centers now have one or more licensed naturopathic doctors on staff at their facilities”. Many states are now offering pathways for students of naturopathy to become fully licensed naturopathic doctors. For students who are interested in becoming a naturopathic doctor, the path is rigorous, and worthwhile. It includes a doctoral-level program accredited by the Council of Naturopathic Medical Education which comprises four-years of post-graduate work.

Is a Career in Naturopathic Medicine Right for You?

Naturopathic medical schools across the country are looking for new applicants to their programs. But is a career in naturopathic medicine a good fit for you? To be certain a career in this field is right for you, take a look at the guiding principles of a naturopathic doctor:

• First, do no harm: Utilize the most natural, least invasive and least toxic therapies.
• The healing power of nature: Trust in the body’s inherent wisdom to heal itself.
• Identify and treat the causes: Look beyond the symptoms to the underlying cause.
• Physician as teacher: Educate patients in the steps to achieving and maintaining health.
• Treat the whole person: View the body as an integrated whole in all its physical and spiritual dimensions.
• Prevention: Focus on overall health, wellness and disease prevention.

In order to be a successful naturopathic doctor, students must have a strong interest and affinity in science. Besides knowing and understanding evidence-based science, students should be able to think in a complex manner about multiple causes for health problems. A sense of community and commitment to volunteerism is also important, as many naturopathic doctors provide a valuable link to natural medicine for the underserved. Having good communication skills as a naturopathic physician is vitally important. Becoming an educator to those in the community about how to care for themselves is a significant aspect of the naturopathic career.

What Specialty Fields are Available for Students?

Just as with traditional medicine, naturopathic doctors may want to specialize in certain fields. Future naturopathic doctors could choose to narrow their focus of practice to include one of the following:

Cancer Treatment—This growing health concern has shown promise of treatment using naturopathic techniques as presented by the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians (OncANP).

Environmental Medicine—If you are interested in focusing on the environmental causes of health care problems, then this specialty, promoted by the Naturopathic Association of Environmental Medicine (NAEM), is worth consideration.

Gastroenterology—With the obesity problem becoming larger every year, this field focuses on digestion and intestinal issues. The Gastroenterology Association of Naturopathic Physicians (GastroANP) is devoted to this discipline.

Generative Medicine—The use of gene expression and its connection with the patient’s environment is behind this particular specialty that is fostered by the Institute of Naturopathic Generative Medicine (INGM).

Homeopathic Medicine—Small doses of a substance can be used to help the body bolster its own healing abilities is a promising specialty promoted by the Homeopathic Academy of Naturopathic Physicians (HANP).

Hormone TherapyThe Endocrinology Association of Naturopathic Physicians (EndoANP) is helping train doctors to treat different diseases and ailments by treating the endocrine system which regulates hormones.

Midwifery—Holistic natural childbirth is changing the way that women view the entire birthing experience. As such, the American Association of Naturopathic Midwives (AANM) is promoting this exciting new field that also helps treat infertility among couples.

Parenteral Therapy—This field (also known as intravenous therapy) is headed by the Academy for Parenteral Therapies (APT) which seeks to treat a variety of healthcare problems with the IV administration of vitamins and minerals.

Pediatrics—If you are looking to help guide children down the path to a lifetime of good health, then pediatrics is the field for you. The Pediatric Association of Naturopathic Physicians (PedANP) Is dedicated to this specialty.

As with traditional medicine, there are numerous specialties for NDs. The more patients learn about their own health and the causes of their problems, the more they will continue to seek out naturopathic treatments that blend mind, body, and spirit, in healing the whole person. That is why naturopathic medicine is an exciting, vibrant field for those looking to make a difference.

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