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
- Cryotherapy (using low temperatures to help heal damaged tissue)
- Lifestyle counseling regarding exercise, better sleep, and stress-reduction techniques
- Chiropractic care
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.View Clinical Trials
- Supportive Care and Survivorship Clinic
Supportive Care and Survivorship Clinic
The Supportive Care and Survivorship Clinic takes an interdisciplinary approach to caring for patients with serious illnesses, whether they are in active treatment or have completed treatment. Our goal is to help patients fulfill their maximum physical, emotional, spiritual, vocational, and social potential.
The health professionals at the Supportive Care and Survivorship Clinic help patients manage the side effects associated with cancer. Referrals to the Supportive Care and Survivorship Clinic can be made by any treating physician or nurse or by patient self-referral. A broad range of insurance is accepted.
Patient appointment scheduling is flexible and based on patient needs and other concurrent treatments. Clinic sessions are held Wednesday and Friday mornings with palliative care physicians and fellows. A physician assistant is available Monday through Friday.
Physicians and physician assistants have special expertise in complex symptom management including depression, anxiety, insomnia, fatigue, loss of appetite, pain syndromes, and others.
Nurses support patients by facilitating the clinic sessions as well as managing communication with patients. They are the front line of patient care.
Physical therapists develop individualized programs for each patient to help with coordination, balance, strength, endurance, flexibility, or range of motion. Counselors are experienced in structuring counseling sessions to meet the specific needs of each person. Individual, couple, and family sessions are available.
Nutritionists have expertise in nutrition for patients with serious illnesses.
Massage therapists are trained in all types of massage, including oncology massage, which is a specialized approach that supports the body's health before, during, and after treatment for cancer.
Our clinic is an active teaching environment with fellows, residents, and students in both medicine and nursing participating in patient care.
The UAB Supportive Care and Survivorship Clinic is located on the 3rd floor of The Kirklin Clinic of UAB Hospital.
Patients can request an appointment online or by calling UAB Healthfinder at 205.934.9999 or 800.822.8816.