Adjunctive Cancer Care

Naturopathic medicine in cancer care

Historically, conventional cancer treatment has been based on the "tumour-oriented model", which seeks to cure cancer through treatments focused directly on attacking the tumour, e.g., surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.

Complementary cancer care offers a holistic, or whole-person, approach to cancer care by using scientifically grounded, natural methods to strengthen the body's ability to heal itself. 

The goals of naturopathic medicine for people undergoing cancer treatment include:

  •          decreasing side effects of cancer treatment

  •          improving energy, well being and overall quality of health

  •          balancing the body's immune system
  •         supporting the mind, body, and spirit in the healing process
  •         providing strategies for cancer prevention and health maintenance 

Dr. Velichka offers complementary and adjunctive therapies to supplement conventional treatments.

The goal is to facilitate the body’s ability to heal while improving quality of life. Dr. Velichka takes the time to provide support and counseling to her patients and attempts to make their journey as comfortable as possible. Each patient’s protocol is individualized to meet the person’s specific needs.

Complementary and adjunctive therapies include vitamin and mineral supplementation (including intravenous therapy if applicable), herbal or homeopathic remedies, nutritional counseling, lifestyle changes, acupuncture, stress management techniques and strategies for long-term prevention of recurrence.  All prescriptions given alongside conventional therapies such as chemotherapy and radiation are well researched to prevent potential drug-herb and drug-nutrient interactions.

Careful measures are also taken around the time of surgeries to ensure there are no issues with supplements prescribed.