Supportive Cancer Care
I lost an aunt to brain cancer when I was a child; another to cancer of the spine after university. During university, I lost one grandfather to lung cancer, and the other was diagnosed with (and survived) skin cancer. And these are simply a few of the many examples I could share. I have seen the pain and disruption cancer can cause, both in my patient, and in their friends and family. I have dedicated my practice and my research to helping those affected by cancer. Here are a few examples of how I can help:
Feeling lost and out of control?
Cancer changes lives. A new diagnosis can leave you feeling lost and out of control. Your oncologist has probably tried to explain what’s going on, but everything is happening so fast that you may not feel like you were able to keep up. Whether you are feeling lost, or have questions about your diagnosis or treatment options, I can provide basic counselling and answer any questions you may have. If you wish it, your friends and family are welcome to come with you and ask their questions as well.
I want to do everything in my power to fight my cancer - how can you help?
We have a number of treatment options (from diet and lifestyle to acupuncture, supplements, herbs and homeopathics) to help reduce the side-effects of chemotherapy and radiation. In some cases, we can even help improve the efficacy of your conventional care. We are more than happy to work with your oncologist to keep them in the loop and on-board, and to maximize the benefits of the treatments they recommend.
My oncologist says I’m cured, and I can go back to my old life - so why do I feel lost all over again?
This is a very difficult time for many people. Fighting cancer is a full time job, and often re-defines your life so totally and completely that your old life may no longer exist. It is only natural to feel lost, even depressed, after completing your active treatment. Unfortunately, family and friends do not always understand, and may be putting pressure on you to return to the life you knew before. It is also natural to want to continue fighting to prevent the cancer from returning in the future. First, while there are no quick fixes, through counselling I can help you find new direction in life. Second, I can help you talk to your loved ones about what you are feeling to help them understand what you are going through. Finally, I can walk you through a number of dietary and lifestyle interventions that may help reduce your overall risk of recurrence and improve your health overall.
As every person is different, so each person will experience a different response to treatment. While we will work with you to provide the most effective treatments for your concerns, results can and will vary from person to person. We also make no claims of curing cancer - our focus here is on improving longevity and quality of life alongside your existing treatment plan.