Cancer Care

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Support before, during, or after chemo/radiation | Minimize side effects | Immune support |
Intravenous vitamin C therapy | Anti-tumor effects | Prevention of recurrence

Dr. Heidi Fritz offers patients natural and non-toxic therapies to complement and enhance the effects of standard cancer treatments during active treatment, and to help patients prevent recurrence following treatment. Our goal is to strengthen the body to facilitate healing, while improving patients’ quality of life. Dr. Heidi uses natural therapies that can improve immune function, enhance nutritional status, and augment the body’s ability to fight cancer. Each patient’s protocol is individualized according to their specific needs, cancer type and staging.

Natural therapies are carefully selected to complement standard therapies including chemotherapy, radiation, targeted therapies, and hormonal therapies, and are well researched to minimize the risk of interactions with these agents. For patients undergoing chemotherapy, naturopathic care can help minimize side effects, such as fatigue, immune suppression, nausea & vomiting, diarrhea, nerve changes (ie. neuropathy), and changes in mood or memory. For those completing standard therapy, naturopathic care can enhance recovery and help minimize risk of recurrence. In patients who have completed treatment for breast cancer for instance, naturopathic therapies can help reduce side effects such as hot flashes, insomnia, and fatigue; while other therapies can help improve estrogen metabolism and elimination. Dr. Heidi also advises and educates patients regarding diet and lifestyle changes that can improve treatment outcomes and reduce recurrence.

Naturopathic cancer care includes vitamin and mineral supplementation (including intravenous therapy if applicable), herbal medicine, nutritional counseling, acupuncture, lifestyle changes, stress reduction, and strategies to help prevent long-term recurrence. A commonly used intervention is intravenous vitamin C therapy, which has been shown to exert selectively cytotoxic effects on cancer cells when given at high dosages achievable with intravenous administration (1). Intravenous vitamin C is non-toxic, and has been shown in human studies to help reduce side effects of chemotherapy while improving treatment outcomes (1,2). Other therapies include mistletoe therapy and low-dose vitamin infusions.

Vitamin C structure
Vitamin C chemical structure

Dr. Heidi Fritz ND is a leading clinician and researcher in the use of intravenous vitamin C therapy. She has published research on the use of IV vitamin C in cancer care (3), as well as on the use of other natural agents in breast and lung cancer, and has lectured on her work at the conference of the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians (4,5,6). Her background in nursing has provided her with valuable experience that helps her bridge naturopathic and conventional perspectives in her approach to cancer care. She seeks to help provide evidence-based information to help patients make the best decision about their cancer treatment.

We welcome patients at all stages of their cancer journey.

References

  1. Ma Y, Chapman J, Levine M, Polireddy K, Drisko J, Chen Q. High-dose parenteral ascorbate enhanced chemosensitivity of ovarian cancer and reduced toxicity of chemotherapy. Sci Transl Med. 2014 Feb 5;6(222):222ra18. URL: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24500406
  2. Takahashi H, Mizunoemail H, Yanagisawaemail A. High-dose intravenous vitamin C improves quality of life in cancer patients. Personalized Medicine. 2012;1(1):49-53. URL: http://www.personalizedmedicineuniverse.com/article/S2186-4950%2812%2900013-2/abstract
  3. Fritz H, Flower G, Weeks L, Cooley K, Callachan M, McGowan J, Skidmore B, Kirchner L, Seely D. Intravenous Vitamin C and Cancer: A Systematic Review. Integr Cancer Ther. 2014 July;13(4):280-300. URL: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24867961
  4. Fritz H, Seely D, McGowan J, Skidmore B, Fernandes R, Kennedy DA, Cooley K, Wong R, Sagar S, Balneaves LG, Fergusson D. Black cohosh and breast cancer: a systematic review. Integr Cancer Ther. 2014 Jan;13(1):12-29. URL: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23439657
  5. Fritz H, Seely D, Flower G, Skidmore B, Fernandes R, Vadeboncoeur S, Kennedy D, Cooley K, Wong R, Sagar S, Sabri E, Fergusson D. Soy, red clover, and isoflavones and breast cancer: a systematic review. PLoS One. 2013 Nov 28;8(11):e81968. URL: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24312387
  6. Fritz H, Seely D, Kennedy DA, Fernandes R, Cooley K, Fergusson D. Green tea and lung cancer: a systematic review. Integr Cancer Ther. 2013 Jan;12(1):7-24. URL: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22532034
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