Why is it Important to Have a Naturopathic Oncologist Work Alongside a Medical Oncologist?

Dr. Heather Paulson talks about the importance of having a naturopathic oncologist on your treatment team

18592619Taking an integrative approach to colon cancer is increasingly becoming mainstream.

A holistic approach alongside a more traditional approach benefits patients greatly.

Using all treatment options at your disposal during colon cancer is important, and it’s also important to make informed choices.

Dr. Heather Paulson is a naturopathic oncologist. In this video, she discusses the importance of having a naturopathic doctor on your treatment team.

Heather Paulson ND, FABNO:  The reason it’s important for your naturopathic oncologist to work as part of a team and in tandem with your medical oncologist or your surgical oncologist is because we all work better when we have clear lines of communication. 

Just like any relationship that you have in your life when you have open minds of communication that’s where the magic happens.  If somebody is cut out of conversation, then we all kind of a little bit lost about where to go or what the best steps are for you the persons sitting in front of us, so it’s a really important to have that role of open and clear communication between everybody who is on your healthcare team whether that’s an oncologist, a dietitian, a counselor, I really encourage you to have that. 

One reason to include a naturopathic oncologist in your care team is because we do facilitate seen you as a whole person and it’s really important to me that you don’t get kind of nude into your cell type, you are a colon cancer cell or you are a breast cancer cell whatever people sometimes feel like they are being seen as a pathology and instead of who they really are and naturopathic oncology we really focus on looking at you know how you are doing emotionally, how you are doing spiritually, how is your body functioning, is there something that we can do to make sure your body is functioning optimally and these are the pieces of care that my patients often tell me are missing when they have small team of providers and one of the reasons why it’s great to have naturopathic oncologist added to a team of healthcare providers.

Heather Paulson, ND FABNO
A member of the Arizona Natural Health Center Cancer Care team and a highly trained Naturopathic Oncologist and Fellow to the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology, Dr. Heather Paulson focuses on helping people diagnosed with cancer bring their bodies back to a natural state of wellness.

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