What is a Naturopathic Oncologist?

Posted on Apr 11, 2013 in Introduction to Integrative Oncology

A naturopathic oncologist is a naturopathic doctor who is an expert in cancer care. Naturopathic oncologists are board-certified Fellows of the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology.

To gain board certification, a naturopathic doctor must complete:

  • 4 years of naturopathic medical school
  • Pass board exams in biomedical science and clinical science
  • 2 year oncology residency or 5 years of oncology clinical experience
  • Read 1500 pages of oncology clinical research
  • Pass a fellowship board exam

I completed my hospital oncology residency and fellowship at Cancer Treatment Centers of America. During residency, I served over 2,000 patients. I trained with leading medical, surgical, and radiation oncologists. I can guide you through what to expect for your procedures because I’ve been there. I’ve participated in a mastectomy, Whipple procedure, prostate brachytherapy, and kyphoplasty, along with many other oncology procedures. I’ve rounded on patients in the ICU, SCU, CCU, and hospital floors. I’ve attended 75 integrative oncology tumor boards, in which an integrative team of physicians discusses the pathology report, PET scan, and diagnosis and treatment options.

Because I know how conventional healthcare works, I can help you to get the best from conventional cancer care. There are many more options available, but you have to know to ask for them.

I also know how natural health care works. There are so many natural therapies in cancer care. The challenge is not in finding more options, but in choosing the best ones and in using them correctly.

A naturopathic oncologist can help you get the best of comprehensive cancer care.