Integrative Oncology & Cancer Support
Integrative oncology is the holistic approach of treating the whole person with mind, body, spirit medicine in a patient empowered model, while also addressing the disease.
It is slowly being adopted by the leading cancer centers in the US. This concept of treating the patient not just the cancer is fundamental to integrative naturopathic oncology.
Dr. Noé is a leader in the integrative approach to cancer treatment and has been practicing integrative naturopathic oncology for over 28 years. Dr. Noé uses nutrition (both dietary and supplemental), medical herbalism, counseling (that encompasses spiritual as well as practical issues), and physical therapies all specific to the patient’s diagnosis and current conventional treatment.
Integration of naturopathic cancer treatments is specific to the patient, type of cancer diagnosis and in alignment with the current conventional treatment. Recommendations are designed to enhance the patient’s own ability to fight the cancer and enhance the effect of the conventional treatment while reducing its side effects. Outcome studies have shown that the use of integrative medicine in the treatment of cancer has significantly changed the statistics in favor of quality of life and longevity for the cancer survivor.
Integrative medicine is a concept that has recently been termed in the medical community. Traditionally the integration of different modalities is a concept of healing that indigenous healers have always held to. By definition the word integrative means to make whole by bringing all parts together, to unify. The term holistic medicine essentially means the same. Integrative medicine treats the whole person; mind, body and spirit. This is the fundamental premise of naturopathic medical education and practice.
Integrative medicine is defined as integrating different aspects of healing. These complementary concepts of healing are integrated with the conventional medical model. Often called "alternative" medicine, complementary therapies are the use of various systems of healing that are not currently included in the curricula included in US medical schools. Therefore, alternative to the established conventional medical system. Some of these practices include: acupuncture, homeopathy, botanical medicine and spiritual alignment. These are all traditional methods of healing that have been practiced long before the current allopathic model of medicine. Models of integration may include acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutrition, art & music therapy, physical therapy, counseling (both didactic as well as spiritual) and many more. Naturopathic physician’s training includes many of these aspects of integration, but specialty instruction is needed by any physician (allopathic or naturopathic) to be considered a specialist in the art of integrative medicine.
Dr. Noé’s specialty training in traditional herbal medicine, psychology and spirituality has made her a leader in the field of integrative medicine, including integrative oncology. Her background as a clinical research scientist and ethnobotanist has added a dimension of scientific knowledge to her traditional training that has made her a leading educator in her field. Previously as a professor at Bastyr University she taught naturopathic students within the specialty of botanical medicine and integrative oncology.