Ovarian Cancer: Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathic medicine focuses on reducing the risk of harmful effects from cancer treatment with a variety of natural therapies that may help with conditions such as digestive issues and fatigue. Naturopathic providers have extensive knowledge of radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and other cancer treatments, in addition to their expertise in the effects of natural therapies. They collaborate with your gynecologic oncologist on your treatment plan and may recommend natural therapies designed to boost your immune system, minimize side effects, and reduce potential interactions that prescribed medicines and treatments may have with herbal or nutritional supplements. Possible recommendations may include:

  • Herbal and botanical preparations, including herbal extracts and teas
  • Dietary supplements, including vitamins and minerals
  • Exercise therapy
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Cryotherapy (using low temperatures to help heal damaged tissue)
  • Lifestyle counseling regarding exercise, better sleep, and stress-reduction techniques
  • Acupuncture
  • Chiropractic care


Patients with ovarian cancer are treated at the UAB Women & Infants Center, a beautiful and modern clinical, chemo infusion, and inpatient facility designed and dedicated specifically for women’s health. Our experience is evident in our statistics: From 2010 to 2016 alone, we treated more than 2,880 patients with ovarian cancer, and we have enrolled some 300 patients in clinical trials. Our physicians have access to a large portfolio of research studies, which gives many patients the opportunity to receive cutting-edge treatments often not available at other medical centers.

UAB Medicine is nationally and internationally renowned for our care of patients with ovarian cancer. We were one of only five institutions to be awarded a Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE) in ovarian cancer by the National Institutes of Health. Coupled with the region’s only Comprehensive Cancer Center, as designated by the National Cancer Institute, our patients have access to the most advanced cancer treatments and research available. And through our Lynne Cohen Preventive Care Program for Women's Cancer, we also offer comprehensive risk assessments and prevention strategies for ovarian, breast, and uterine cancer, arming women with knowledge to make informed decisions about their future risk and care options. We are dedicated to improving treatments and ultimately finding a cure for women’s cancers.





UAB is an active participant in research and clinical trials for ovarian cancer. We encourage you to speak to your physician about research and clinical trial options and browse the link below for more information.

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