“Our goal is to work with the patient’s lifestyle, offer proven,
evidence-based treatments and therapies and choose the best possible plan
for our patients.”
– Dr. Markian Babij
Naturopathic oncology providers are specialists who use natural, non-toxic
therapies to support the whole person and facilitate our innate healing
processes. Their goal is to minimize the risk of harmful effects from
cancer treatments, and apply the gentlest intervention needed to restore
Your naturopathic oncology provider at the Alaska Cancer Treatment Center
acts as a consultant to your oncologist to support normal metabolism and
digestion during cancer treatment; manage any side effects, such as nausea
or fatigue; and boost immune function with use of immunotherapy.
One of the roles of the Naturopathic provider is to educate regarding the
facts versus the fiction concerning supplements and other natural therapies,
and to help you choose wisely from the myriad of options available.
Our naturopathic oncology provider has extensive experience with a wide
array of natural products and therapies. We are also continually researching
the latest supplements.
Your naturopathic oncology provider will monitor your supplement and vitamin
intake to make sure your supplements are appropriate for you, and to ensure
safety from potential drug-herb and drug-nutrient interactions.
As part of the intake process, you’ll meet with your naturopathic
oncology provider, who will review your history and make recommendations
from a wide variety of natural therapies.
Throughout your treatment, your naturopathic oncology provider will suggest
natural therapies to support your immune system and reduce any treatment-related
side effects, including:
- Nutritional supplements and botanical medicines, including vitamins, minerals,
amino acids and herbs.
- Homeopathic remedies, mainly involving plant extracts and minerals that
gently strengthen the body’s healing and immune response.
- Physical therapy and exercise therapy, including massage and other gentle
techniques used on deep muscles and joints for therapeutic purposes.
- Hydrotherapy, which prescribes water-based approaches like hot and cold
wraps, steaming and other therapies.
- Lifestyle counseling. Many medical conditions can be treated with foods
and nutritional supplements, with fewer complications and side effects.
Our naturopathic oncology provider has extensive knowledge of radiation,
chemotherapy and other cancer treatments. Your Naturopathic provider will
help guide your treatment plan and ensure communication with the oncology
team at the Alaska Cancer Treatment Center.
The Naturopathic Medicine Department also provides an educational component
as well. Programs include information about vitamin and mineral supplements,
natural remedies, nutritional guidance, lifestyle changes, stress management
techniques and strategies for long-term prevention of recurrence.
As a Naturopathic provider, Dr. Babij will address your health and treat
side effects related to your conventional treatment. He often employs
the use of functional medical testing to help assess your specific health issues.
As part of our integrative care approach at the Alaska Medical Specialties,
our patients have access to patient support services. To fully understand
what this means, please take time to visit the
Patients Resources area of this website. We outline the services available to you at every point
in your care.
To make an appointment, please call (907) 276-2803.