Talk to focus on benefits of naturopathic care in cancer treatments
In honor of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Dr. Barbara MacDonald will give two presentations on the benefits of naturopathic care in cancer treatment.
On Thursday, Oct. 25, from 3 to 7 p.m., MacDonald will present “Preventing the recurrence of breast cancer with lifestyle, diet and fitness and natural therapeutics: A research review” at Pen Bay Healthcare’s 9th Annual Victorian Tea and Breast Health Fair at the Berry Manor Inn in Rockland.
A second presentation on “Safe and effective complementary naturopathic and Chinese therapies during and after breast cancer treatment” will be given at Camden Whole Health on Tuesday, Oct. 30 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
A growing number of women are being diagnosed and successfully treated for breast cancer. Therefore, many women are living healthy lives with a history of breast cancer. According to studies conducted in 2010, the use of complementary and alternative medicine within this patient population has increased from 60 to 88 percent. Those who are in breast cancer treatment now, or have completed it years prior, use complementary care for various reasons. During treatment, complementary breast cancer care is provided by a licensed naturopathic doctor or other health care provider with specialized training. CAM is recommended during treatment for the following reasons:
· To avoid negative drug-nutrient or herbal interactions that can interfere with surgery, chemotherapy, radiation and hormone-modifying medications like tamoxifen and aromatase inhibitors
· To help with healing and reduce pain after surgery
· To reduce side effects and long-term toxicities of conventional treatments
· To enhance the effect of conventional treatments without interfering
· To safely support detoxification and cleansing afterward
· After breast cancer treatment to hasten recovery and healing, optimize health, limit the risk of recurrence, and to help women heal the underlying imbalances that may have contributed to the origination of the cancer.
MacDonald is a licensed naturopathic doctor and doctor of Chinese medicine and member of the oncology association of naturopathic physicians. She developed the oncology clinic at the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Ore., and has been supporting women during and after conventional cancer treatment since 1997. She has been a clinical supervisor, support group facilitator and frequent speaker to professionals and patients on a local and national level, and is the author of the well-reviewed text book on the subject, The Breast Cancer Companion: A Complementary Care Manual, 2nd edition, with her former student, Kelly Jennings, ND, L.Ac., thebreastcancercompanion.com.