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Living with a diagnosis is not an easy feat – one of the most common feelings for both patients and their families is the feeling of helplessness.

Dr. Wendy Zhou , ND

Doctors as teachers can educate patients on their diagnosis and talk about appropriate interventions. However, the time of interaction that patients have with medical doctors is not enough to make them feel like they are in the driver’s seat of their own health. Veering away from the idea of patients playing passive roles in their healing process, naturopathic doctors actively educate and encourage patients to play a more active role in maintaining their health during and after treatment. By spending more time investigating the daily lives of patients, we have a more comprehensive understanding of the root of the symptoms or lifestyle factors that may contribute to symptoms. While pharmaceuticals take away emergent symptoms, it is ultimately changes made to address the root causes of the disease that may sustain the positive changes which we see in patients. Not all naturopaths are trained in dealing with cancer patients. Dr. Wendy Zhou ND has completed a year-long elective on adjunctive cancer care along with a one-year clinical internship in adjunctive cancer care. She can add value by working closely with patients to help them sustain the positive changes in their conditions that medical doctors work so hard to achieve.

A Problem Worth Solving

Estimated 439.2 per 100,000 men and women per year will be diagnosed with cancer. It is predicted that as population ages, more prevalence is likely and the cost of care would be more expensive due to new treatment being adopted as standards of care. Out of those who have a diagnosis of cancer, it is common for people to prematurely terminate their treatment due to inability to tolerate chemotherapy. It is also common for the patient to experience anxiety and depression pre & post-treatment. The limited-time an oncologist may spend with their patient is very limited and often not enough to provide individualized, supportive care that the patients were expecting. Furthermore, cancer care is very complex in both pathophysiology and treatment. It requires a health care practitioner to be very careful, research-focused, and willing to stay on top of the literature to provide the best care available for their patients. Providing supportive options that do not interfere with current treatment is key to providing possible care for patients.

As a naturopathic doctor, we have many tools in our toolbox to provide solutions to current health care problems. Acupuncture, nutritional support, lifestyle advice, herbal stimulations are some examples of modalities we use.

A Naturopathic Solution:

“First, do no harm” – Doctor’s Oath.
Abiding by the oath, I always strive to create treatment plans that:

  • Do not increase the toxicity of conventional therapies
  • Do not reduce the effectiveness of conventional therapies
  • Do not create a false sense of security without evidence provided
  • Remove any obstacles to cure by optimizing lifestyle, diet, stress management, sleep, mental/emotional support
  • Facilitate completing conventional treatment on the right schedule by managing and mitigating the side effects of conventional care
  • Facilitate completing conventional treatment on the right schedule by managing and mitigating the side effects of conventional care
  • Provide advice and support for primary or secondary cancer prevention
  • Prevent or ease the detrimental course of the disease to the best of our abilities
  • Encouraging patients to play a more active role in treating their cancer

Dr. Wendy Zhou , ND has experience treating stress-related illnesses, digestive issues, hormone imbalances, thyroid dysfunction, and autoimmune diseases. She also welcomes cancer patients for naturopathic adjunctive cancer care consultations.

She is available for naturopathic medicine appointments on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays at the Pacific Wellness