Integrative Oncology

Integrative Oncology Care

Integrative oncology care is available at Bastyr University Clinic to provide supportive, adjunctive care for patients currently undergoing active chemotherapy, radiation and immunotherapy treatments. We also offer naturopathic support for cancer patients in remission as well as cancer survivors.

What is Integrative Oncology?

Integrative oncology treats more than cancer by looking at the full picture of your health. By working with your oncologist throughout each stage of cancer, Bastyr University Clinic clinicians focus on strengthening your immune system while also helping you withstand chemotherapy and other treatments that often pose difficult side effects.

Integrative Oncology Care Team

Our integrative oncology care team is led by Deborah Harding, ND, FABNO, previously with Cancer Treatment Centers of America, along with a team of our advanced naturopathic medical students. They will work in close conjunction with your oncologist and outside providers to develop a naturopathic treatment care plan to proactively manage side effects, stimulate immune function and improve quality of life.  

Managing Chemotherapy Side Effects

While chemotherapy targets cancer cells, it may also damage healthy cells and cause unpleasant side effects, such as nausea, vomiting, hair loss, fatigue and mouth sores. Your care team will provide a variety of supportive care services to help you prevent or manage side effects throughout your chemotherapy treatment.

What You Can Expect

Integrative treatments options often focus on preventing or managing side effects of your chemotherapy treatment and may include:

  • Botanical and herbal medicines
  • Homeopathic remedies
  • Nutritional intravenous (IV) therapy
  • Lifestyle counseling  
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Nutritional supplements
  • Physical therapy and exercise therapy
  • Therapeutic massage

You can learn more about how naturopathic medicine supports cancer treatment in this article Cancer Care that Focuses on Mind, Body and Spirit. To see the full scope of practice for naturopathic doctors in the state of California you can go here.

If you would like more information about this service, please call us at (858) 246-9730 or email us now to schedule a consultation.