Knowledge is power Christina Shannon ND FABNO


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Knowledge is power Christina Shannon ND FABNO

  1. 1. We Can Change the Course of Breast Cancer Quality of Life, Disease-Free Survival and Side Effect Management Christina Shannon, ND, FABNO Clinical Director of Naturopathic Medicine Cancer Treatment Centers of America® in Illinois © 2013 Rising Tide
  2. 2. Naturopathic Medicine – The World Today • Women are using alternative and complimentary therapies on their own • Often uncomfortable discussing with oncologist • Potential negative effects 2
  3. 3. Complementary and Alternative Medicine Usage • 83.3% had used at least one CAM therapy concurrent with their conventional treatment • 40% of these had not discussed CAM usage with their physician • 24.7% of participants used seven or more CAM therapies 3
  4. 4. Women are at Risk: Dietary Supplement Usage • 73% had used at least one dietary supplement. • 25% had used one or more herbal products suspected to have adverse interactions with chemotherapy. • 53% had not consulted any healthcare professional about their supplement use. 4
  5. 5. Naturopathic Medicine and Integrative Oncology • Coordinates the use of natural therapies by oncology patients. • Provides appropriate, effective, scientifically based natural medicine support for oncology patients. • Creates a safe, open environment for discussion. 5
  6. 6. Knowledge Leading The Way • Prevent herb-drug-nutrient interactions • Manage side effects of treatment • Support immune function • Address chronic conditions • Empower the patient through education and options • Prevent recurrence 6
  7. 7. Side Effect Management Female, 50’s, diagnosed with ER/PR positive breast cancer • Ready to stop treatment • Significant difficulty with chemotherapy treatments • Debilitating muscle cramps, weakness, fatigue 7 Interventions Magnesium, omega 3 fatty acids, B vitamins
  8. 8. Quality of Life Female, 60’s, with stage 4 breast cancer • Quality of life was very low • Discontinue treatment • Her goals were to be able to walk to the park, listen to music at outside concerts, make dinner for her husband and enjoy meals with him 8 Interventions Coenzyme Q10, B6 and B complex, Slippery Elm, Ginger, Omega 3 Fatty Acids
  9. 9. Prevention Female, 49, with a infiltrating ductal carcinoma of the right breast • High risk for recurrence – Large tumor size, positive lymph nodes, BRCA positive • Completed all conventional treatments • Completed 5 years of endocrine therapy 9 Interventions Whole foods diet, Melatonin, Vitamin D3, Milk Thistle, Exercise
  10. 10. Knowledge is Power • Accurate information • Scientifically based natural therapies can help woman achieve a higher quality of life, manage side effects and help to prevent recurrence • Respect
  11. 11. Questions? Thank you