Cancer’s reach affects everyone, somehow. Naturopathic Doctors can help support proactive individuals with prevention, and those currently walking that road and wanting treatment or counselling. It is imperative to seek help from a Naturopathic Doctor with experience treating cancer so the substance prescribed don’t negatively interact with chemotherapy or radiation.
Prevention is the ultimate form of treatment. By acknowledging risk factors, and working towards prevention, the individual is setting the intention that they are doing all they can to prevent diagnosis. It is paramount to prevent recurrence in those who have already won the battle. It is now known that certain substances can decrease the risk of certain cancers. For example, the mineral Selenium at 200mcg per day can reduce the risk of breast cancer in women by over 80% in one generation. Selenium is exceptionally cheap and incredibly effective. All women should ensure they have adequate levels of selenium and supplement if necessary.
For those suffering from cancer, depending on the type and stage, there are a variety of treatment options to help prevent metastasis (spreading), increase efficacy of chemotherapeutics and radiation therapy, and even drug-free options for those wanting to avoid conventional therapy altogether. There are always options, and always hope with Naturopathic Medicine. In contrast, the same substances that are good for one person, may not be good for another and in some cases could do more harm than good. Before starting any supplements, see a Naturopathic Doctor to ensure the supplements you are taking (or heard were good) are in fact good for your case.
Dealing with the mental-emotional component in regards to cancer is absolutely necessary. Patients require the ability to voice displeasure with the diagnosis but it is important to remember that a positive outlook is just as important as treatment. The mind sets the tone for the body, and I believe everyone should use this to their advantage. Things like yoga, exercise and meditation can all help the mind stay positive.
It is easier to prevent disease than deal with it after the fact. Seeing a Naturopathic Doctor will help guide you in the right direction towards prevention or guidance to which supplements are effective and supported with evidence-based medicine for optimal healing.