Integrative oncology is the combination of conventional cancer treatment with evidence-infomred, safe and supportive natural therapies. It is a
patient-centered form of care that requires an in depth understanding of how natural and conventional therapies will work together. Multi-disciplinary providers from all medical fields may offer
integrative oncology services that include supportive approaches such as: counseling, acupuncture, yoga, naturopathic medicine, nutrition, and relaxation therapies. The goal is to optimize
health, quality of life and clinical outcomes both during and after cancer treatment. The selection of which therapies may be right for you can be guided by working with a naturopathic doctor with
expertise in oncology care.
Naturopathic doctors in integrative
oncology work in hospital settings and in private practices to incorporate natural solutions into conventional cancer treatment plans and to empower people to actively participate in nurturing
health. The result is safe, evidence based and individualized care that honors patient choices and goals in health and wellness.
Naturopathic doctors who specialize in
integrative cancer care are Fellows of the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology (FABNO) which requires several years of training with extensive patient contact hours, documentation of cases, and
passing a board exam. The Association of Naturopathic Oncology (OncANP.org) is the professional association of naturopathic physicians who
specialize integrative cancer care.
Dr. Wright became a Fellow of the
American Board of Naturopathic Oncology in 2011 and has 12 years of experience working in cancer treatment hospital settings. Dr. Wright has contributed to the field of integrative oncology by
leading the development of integrative clinical programs for stakeholders and the public, and through consulting in research, patient care, supervising residents, and lecturing on topics in
integrative oncology. Dr. Wright also co- directed the development of an integrative oncology research database called KNOWoncology.org, and
serves as President of the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians. Dr. Wright has published several articles in peer reviewed journals, and is a contributor and guest editor for the Natural Medicine Journal oncology edition as well as for the Townsend
Journal and the NDNR.