Naturopathic Oncology or Cancer Care

Dr. Bye is a Naturopathic physician who is board certified in Naturopathic Oncology. She is a Fellow of The American Board of Naturopathic Oncology (FABNO) – the only Naturopathic Physician in this area who is.

She works with Cancer patients and those who want to reduce their risk factors for Cancer, through a holistic and complementary approach.

Dr. Bye works with her cancer patients in three phases.

Phase 1 – Identify factors that allowed cancer to grow in the first place.

Cancer is a multifactorial disease. I see some common threads. I liken the body to a garden and cancer cells as weeds in the garden. We are all making some weeds every day; the question is, why is the garden letting the weeds take over to form tumors? At Journey to Wellness, we treat the multiple factors that allowed cancer to grow in the first place with a multifactorial approach.

Phase 2 – Help cancer patients while they are going through treatment.

The standard of care says pluck some weeds out with surgery, put some herbicide on them with the chemotherapy, and radiate some. All necessary, but standard of care diminishes the viability of the garden. This is where my training as a Fellow of the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology (FABNO) comes in. My job is to help with side effects, reduce the chance of metastasis and protect the garden without interfering with the effectiveness of the treatment. 90% of cancer patients are going on the internet and taking natural products and not telling their oncologist. This is dangerous.

Phase 3 – Recover and reduce the drivers of cancer.

After treatment, we need to amend the soil and help the garden to recover and stop producing so many weeds. The unfortunate truth is our standard of care makes us more vulnerable to letting the weeds grow back. We need to amend the soil help it recover and address those things that allow weeds to grow. Whether in remission or if you still have some residual cancer, we must help you reduce the drivers of cancer.

Studies show that when patients participate in their cancer care they have better outcomes. As I tell all my patients, the only person in charge of your health is you. It is vitally important that we all participate in our healthcare. If you are battling cancer or recovering from treatment, your Naturopathic Physician can help.

Dr. Bye works with her patients to improve general health and to establish customized protocols to complement and minimize side effects from standard Oncology treatments. She has been working predominantly with cancer patients since 2001.

For patients in remission, she works to help them to recover from their cancer treatments and stay as healthy as possible with a customized patient-centered remission retention program. This program helps to reduce recurrence rates, long-term side effects of Oncology care, and improve quality of life.

The majority of Oncology patients are using some form of complementary or alternative care, most of which is garnered from the internet and they are not telling their Oncologist. This can be dangerous. As such, Dr. Bye works with her patients to make sure that they are getting the best coordination of Integrative Oncology (also known as Alternative Oncology or Complementary Oncology) care from a qualified source.

From the Society of Integrative Oncology

“Integrative oncology is a patient-centered, evidence-informed field of cancer care that utilizes mind and body practices, natural products, and/or lifestyle modifications from different traditions alongside conventional cancer treatments. Integrative oncology aims to optimize health, quality of life, and clinical outcomes across the cancer care continuum and to empower people to prevent cancer and become active participants before, during, and beyond cancer treatment.”

Integrative Oncology is a fast growing field and changing every day. Dr. Bye attends several integrative Oncology conferences each year and is a member of the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians (OncAnp). OncAnp is one of many sources used to provide access to the latest current research.

Dr. Bye also works with family members of cancer patients and those that just want to be proactive to help reduce their risk factors for cancer.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to give us a call at (360) 695-8800.