Improving Quality of Life

Prevention of Recurrence

Life Beyond Cancer

As conventional treatments come to an end, it can be a challenge returning to a regular routine and life. For many, they have just undergone a life-changing experience -- from diagnosis, through treatment, to recovery. Low morale, anxiety and feelings of uncertainty for the future are common.


Almost all cancer patients experience some degree of fatigue after treatment. Although patients are told it is normal to feel fatigued, they are frequently unaware it is abnormal to live with this feeling for the rest of their lives.

Many people are not sure what to do next. The OICC is here to guide patients during and after treatment, and also through recovery. We teach people what they can do for themselves in the hope of preventing recurrence. We educate and empower people on how to take control of their own health.


Probability of Recurrence Can Be Reduced

Our naturopathic doctors and therapists use complementary therapies that can help increase the effectiveness of conventional treatment while reducing some of the harsh side effects. As a result, conventional treatment can be less debilitating, more easily tolerable without impinging on efficacy, and ultimately more effective to help prevent future complications, reducing the risk of secondary cancers.


As conventional practices work to destroy cancer cells, the environment surrounding these cells is also damaged. This compromises the immune system and disables the body’s natural defense mechanisms. When evidence-based naturopathic therapies are used alongside and after conventional treatment, to support the immune system, the probability of secondary diagnosis or cancer recurrence can be reduced.

We empower our patients with the knowledge they need to create healthier lifestyles, to strengthen their immune system, and to support their body’s inherent healing ability, through our whole-person approach to cancer care.

Voices of Support

 

“Integrative cancer care enhances conventional therapies and bolsters the prevention of recurrence. In addition, integrative oncology provides systematic strategies to prevent cancer through lifestyle modification, such as nutrition and exercise. Recognizing synergy from a whole systems approach, integrative oncology provides new models for dealing with the epidemic of cancer..”

Stephen Sagar, BSc (Hons), MB, BS, MRCP, FRCR, FRCPC
Radiation Oncologist
Past President, Society of Integrative Oncology
Professor of Oncology, McMaster University


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