Understanding the Role of Naturopathic Doctors in Integrative Medicine: An Oncology Case Study

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Bornstein Family Amphitheater, Brigham and Women's Hospital
45 Francis St. Boston, MA

Lindsay Rockwell DO and Amy Rothenberg ND will discuss the case of a shared oncology patient as an example of synergistic collaboration between newly licensed naturopathic doctors and conventional medicine providers.

The patient will describe their experience of care received. Dr. Rothenberg will also describe the naturopathic profession and its licensure and scope of practice in Massachusetts.

Naturopathic doctors have extensive training in therapeutic nutrition, botanical medicine, lifestyle modification and body/mind approaches and can play a supportive role alongside state-of-the-art oncology care. The goal of such collaboration between multi-disciplinary health care providers in oncology, as in medicine overall, is to best support optimal health and well-being– physically, mentally and emotionally.

Surveys estimate over 80%1 of people with cancer use natural and supportive therapies alongside conventional care. Naturopathic doctors, newly regulated in Massachusetts, can play a key role in supporting patients during cancer care to help enhance efficacy of treatment, prevent or address side effects and improve quality of life.

Dr. Rockwell is Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center and Founder and Director of the Integrative Oncology Program at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton. Dr. Rothenberg, a licensed naturopathic doctor for 34 years is a published author and sought-after lecturer on topics in natural medicine. She spearheaded the successful effort to license naturopathic doctors in the Commonwealth.

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