Dr. Sharon Gurm, BSc. ND, FABNO, Naturopathic Oncologist, Port Moody, BC discusses how a naturopathic oncologist can help treat chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy.
A local naturopathic doctor is a physician who treats patients using natural techniques such as acupuncture, homeopathy, supplements and nutritional science and chelation therapy. A local naturopathic physician tries to get to the root causes of a patient’s condition, rather than treating the symptoms. A local naturopathic doctor may perform PSA (prostate-specific antigen) testing, recommend supplements such as plant sterols, melatonin, vitamin D and B-complex vitamins. Vitamin C may also reduce the risk of developing an enlarged prostate. A local naturopathic doctor can also educate you on ways to reduce inflammation in the body, such as eating an anti-inflammatory, high-fibre diet. A local naturopathic physician will take your medical history and ask questions about your diet, stressors and sleep habits. If you have cancer (whether it’s prostate cancer, thyroid cancer, breast cancer or another type) you will work with a local oncologist to treat your cancer. You may need chemotherapy, radiation, active surveillance or hormone therapy. Your local oncologist can work with your local naturopathic doctor to create the optimal prostate cancer treatment plan. Men with prostate cancer may also work with their local family physician and/or local urologist to manage prescriptions, undergo prostate cancer screening and get physical exams.