Breast Cancer Treatment
By Shannon Burford
Naturopaths adopt a holistic approach to healthcare. It is important to treat the presenting symptoms but even more important to treat the underlying cause to ensure the root of the problem can be reached.
One important aim of a naturopath is to educate, empower and support the patient to assist them obtain health. Through education, the patient will then be able to take a more active role in their health care Naturopathic medicine is based on the belief that the human body has an innate healing ability. Naturopathic doctors (NDs) teach their patients to use diet, exercise, lifestyle changes and cutting edge natural therapies to enhance their bodies’ ability to ward off and combat disease. NDs view the patient as a complex, whole system. Naturopathic physicians craft comprehensive treatment plans that blend the best of modern medical science and traditional natural medical approaches to not only treat disease, but to also restore health.
Breast Cancer Oncotype Gene test
The Oncotype gene test helps clarify one of the most difficult treatment questions by providing an individualised Recurrence Score (RS) result that assesses the benefit of chemotherapy and the likelihood of breast cancer recurrence. For more information see the attached leaflet.
The word “naturopathy” is a broad term used to describe a natural medicine physician trained in the areas of western herbal medicine and natural therapies. The practice of naturopathy is also known as alternative medicine, integrative medicine or natural therapies in Australia. Naturopathy includes a multimodality approach, incorporating nutrition (which includes diet and lifestyle modification and vitamin and mineral therapy), herbal medicine, homeopathy and iridology. Iridology is often used as a diagnostic aid to compliment the other tools. Physical therapies may also be employed, including therapeutic massage and remedial massage. A naturopath should be eclectic, using a mixture of these therapies, or specialise in one or more. The key is to tailor the consultation and treatment to the individual patient.
Orthodox Medical Treatment
The current medical model treats breast cancer with either radiotherapy, hormonal therapy, chemotherapy and/or surgery in combination or as a single. The treatment depends upon the size of cancer, stage and if the cancer has spread.
The decisions — surgery, then perhaps radiation, hormonal (anti-oestrogen) therapy, and/or chemotherapy — can feel overwhelming.
The symptoms expressed by an individual in a state of disease are produced by the body in an attempt to heal. The naturopath’s first task is to identify any factors in the patient’s diet, lifestyle or environment that may be contributing to the problem and to assist in removing them. If any therapy is given, it should aid what the body is trying to do to assist the body to balance again into a state of health. The naturopathic approach aims where possible not just to remove the symptoms but also to remove the reason for the symptoms.
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Breast cancer diet
When cancer first develops, a malignant tumour is confined to its original tissue place in the body. When cancer is treated in its early stages, the potential for cure of the cancer can be much better than at a later stage of growth. If malignant tumor cells are not treated, they may spread into surrounding tissue (metatsise) such as the lymph glands and to other parts of the body. When these cells reach a new site they may continue to grow and form another tumour at that site.
When treating Breast cancer, it is recommended that diet, lifestyle, nutrition and even herbal medicine is all used to optimise the best possible outcome. Biobran ( MGN-3 Arabinoxylan Complex) powder is one such herbal medicine preparation from Japan which has an increasing amount of supportive evidence to suggest it is beneficial in the treatment of breast cancer. Please read the natural medicine tab at the top of the screen to read more.
Consultations are available Australia wide in cities such as Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane via skype or telephone. Please contact the Cura clinic to speak with a practitioner or to make a booking.