Integrative Oncology
Supportive Care Cancer: During, After and Before diagnosis

     Integrative Cancer Care means supportive Naturopathic care for those diagnosed with cancer, their friends and their family.  It can also include prevention of a cancer diagnosis or of cancer reoccurence for those at risk. 
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    When working with a patient diagnosed with cancer, I utilize proven therapies to enhanse quality of life, improve treatment (chemotherapy, radiation, surgery) outcomes/effectivenes and enhanse survival. Every patient is singularly unique, just as each cancer diagnosis different and therefore therapies are tailored to the specific individual and their disease. And since cancer is an ever evolving and changing entity, treatment plans and therapeutic methods may often change during the course of treatment. A key feature of Naturopathic Integrative Oncology is that there is no "One Size fits All". Each patient and each cancer diagnosis is unique, and so must their medicine be.

     Working Integratively means that I work with whichever treatment plan you've decided on, whether that be Surgery, Radiation therapy, Chemotherapy or Natural treatment, alongside your Oncologist, Surgeon and/or MD. Together we ensure that the best and most possible is done according to your needs an wishes.

Depending on your stage of treatment, Naturopathic therapies have been shown to be able to:

  • Improve effectiveness of Chemotherapy, Radiation or Surgery

  • Decrease side effects and risks associated with Chemotherapy, Radiation or Surgery

  • Improve overall Quality of Life

  • Manage pain, anxiety, depression.
  • Improve nutritional status

Some of the therapy options that are used commonly in the treatment of cancer may include:

  • Nutritional/Dietary Counseling

    • When it comes to cancer, or any illness for that matter, nutrition plays a pivotal role in how you feel, how well you're able to tolerate medications. Certain dietary protocols and nutritional approaches have been proven to benefit patients and also to slow progression of disease. Additionally, nutrition is a highly personal matter and each person, culture and illness will have areas of importance that need to be addressed. I work with you and your family to individualize nutritional recomendations, whether the focus be optomizing energy, improving digestion and absorption, slowing disease progression, etc.

 

  • Supplementation and Herbal formulations

    • ​Many formulas and nutrients have been proven to help reduce pain and swelling from surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy, modulate side effects, and also to have a significant implact on quality of life and long term survival. Studies on cancer patients who took neutriceuticals had dramatically better outcomes than patients who received standard therapy alone.

  • IV Therapies:

    • IV Vitamin C is used in conjunction with chemotherapy and radiation. Vitamin C favourably enhances effects from radiation therapy and chemotheraputic drug effects, presumably due to the improved tumour oxygenation via the high dose vitamin C induction of peroxide. High dose vitamin C administered intravenously is a pro-oxidant and as such is complimentary to oncologic care. Patients report improved tolerance of side-effects of their traditional therapies, as well as significantly reduced fatigue, nausea, pain and appetite loss. Other benefits include improved healing, resilience to infection and energy levels. Together these lead to an improved response to cancer therapy.

    • Alpha-Lipoic Acid (ALA) is one of the most powerful antioxidants known. Antioxidants work by blocking the action of free radicals (activated oxygen molecules that can damage cells). Additionally, ALA is a key co-factor of mitochondrial enzymes. The mitochondria are the organelle within the cells where energy is produced. Further, it is well known that chronic inflammation is a driver for most chronic degenerative disease, including aging, cancer, and autoimmune/inflammatory diseases. Lipoic acid drives the transition from a more oxidized to a more reduced cellular environment thus helping prevent inflammation. This is likely what makes it beneficial in the treatment of cancer and other systemic diseases, and a potent nutrient in the prevention of development of cancer and other diseases.

    • DCA (Dichloroacetate) appears to work by flipping the apoptotic switch (the natural cellular suicide system) which is functions ineffectevelly in cancer cells. When apoptosis is suppressed, cancer cells are able to grow unchecked, not dying when they are naturally supposed to. DCA inhibits cellular glucose metabolism thereby starving the cell of their source of energy.

    • Artesunate has long been uses as an anti-malarial drug but over the past decade has been found in research to be selectively toxic (meaning it specifically targets cancer cells, not healthy ones) to cancerous cells, causing apoptosis (cancer cell death) from the molecular damage caused by reactive oxygen species (ROS) generated by a reaction with iron. It is also anti-angiogenic (inhibiting the formation of tumor blood vessels), demonstrates anti-HPV activity, has shown promising effects against liver, colorectal, head and neck cancers and exhibits immune-modulating behavior.

 

  • Mistletoe Lectin Injection therapies

    • Mistletoe Lectin therapy has been utilized ​since at least the 1950's Germany and other European countries and has become a standard of care there alongside Chemotherapy and Radiation therapies. It is becoming more known in North America and proving to be a very effective, well tolerated remedy in the treatment of cancer. Some of the benefits from Mistlletoe therapy include:

      • Improvements in general health (increase in appetite and weight), vitality, and overall quality of life

      • Improvement in mental state (depression, anxiety, courage to face life and take initiative)

      • Restoration of normal sleep patterns

      • Relief from tumour pain

      • Inhibition of malignant growth without affecting healthy tissue

      • Immunological effect (increase of the body’s own defence system including a reduction in susceptibility to infections)

      • Reduction of unwanted side-effects from chemo and radiation therapies

      • Reduction in the risk of recurrences and metastases

 

  • Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Healing methods

    • Acupuncture is an ancient treatment modality, and has been proven in numerous studies to help ​especially with maagement of side effects that may result from cancer management/diagnosis. Areas where it excells include stress management, balancing mood, increasing energy, improving sleep, and many more. An ideal path for caregivers as well who often suffer great anxiety, stress and sleep disturbance.

 

  • Lifestyle Counseling

 

  • Caregiver Care and Counseling, Grief Support

     If you or your loved one has received a diagnosis of cancer, are in recovery and looking to prevent reccurence or seek assistance in preventing the development of cancer, I encourage you to seek out an Naturopathic Physician experienced in Integrative Oncology such as myself.

    If you have questions or would like to book an appointment, please visit my contact page 

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Dr Katarine Holewa, ND RAc

Naturopathic Medicine & Registered Acupuncture

Victoria  BC

Phone: 250-995-2005

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