Naturopathic adjunctive cancer-care clinic provides collaborative approach to treatment



    TORONTO, Jan. 30 /CNW/ - The Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic (RSNC) at
the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine is offering a cancer-focused
clinic, created to provide a range of adjunctive complementary and alternative
(CAM) therapies to cancer patients.
    With more than 10 years of experience in helping individuals living with
cancer, Associate Professor Peter Papadogianis, B.Sc., M.Sc., ND, is leading
fourth-year interns in this new adjunctive cancer care clinic.
    "We have developed this cancer-care program to help ensure people
accessing complementary cancer care receive the best possible, evidence-driven
care and approach for their particular cancer type," says Papadogianis.
    The clinic provides treatment that is complementary to, not a replacement
for, conventional therapies. Treatment goals include minimizing the side
effects of those therapies, increasing patients' overall well-being, and the
inhibition of the spread of cancer. Natural medicine can be supportive of
conventional cancer care, or if used improperly can inhibit the effectiveness
of other treatment. This shift serves to provide expert advice on reasonable
naturopathic medical interventions, based on the most current research
evidence.
    "The RSNC clinical team values the collaborative approach when treating
patients and will actively communicate and work with oncologists and other
relevant health-care practitioners," says Papadogianis. "In that respect,
everyone benefits - from the patient, who receives the best in collaborative
care, to the interns, supervisors and other health-care practitioners, who
garner a greater appreciation of appropriate complementary cancer therapies.
    "We'll also consider utilizing CAM diagnostics that may not have reached
the level of mainstream medicine, but have ample supportive indications for
their use," explains Papadogianis. Thermal imaging is an example of one such
diagnostic.
    A patient's first visit takes approximately 90 minutes and includes a
full history intake, a physical, and lab work. Subsequent visits are one hour
long. Naturopathic therapies include nutritional and lifestyle counselling,
intravenous nutrition, botanicals, and traditional Chinese medicine including
acupuncture.
    "We anticipate that NDs and other health-care practitioners in the field
will welcome a referral centre for therapies such as intravenous cancer
protocols, and we anticipate that people living with cancer will welcome a
facility that provides evidence-based care, standardized intakes and
cancer-specific therapies in an academic environment," says Papadogianis. "We
hope that this program will provide immeasurable benefit to the cancer-care
model in Ontario."
    The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) is Canada's premier
institute for education and research in naturopathic medicine. CCNM offers a
rigorous four-year, full-time doctor of naturopathic medicine program.
    The College educates, develops and trains naturopathic doctors through
excellence in health education, clinical services and research that integrate
mind, body and spirit.
    Naturopathic doctors (NDs) are primary healthcare practitioners. Interns
at CCNM's Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic improve their patients' health by
identifying and treating the underlying causes of illness, integrating
acupuncture/Asian medicine, botanical medicine, nutrition, homeopathic
medicine, hydrotherapy/massage and lifestyle counselling.




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For further information: Catherine Kenwell, director, marketing and
communications, (416) 498-1255 extension 243, ckenwell@ccnm.edu

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