New Date! Camden doctor to speak on benefits of naturopathic care in cancer treatment

Posted:  Thursday, October 18, 2012 - 12:00pm

NOTE: Due to the weather-related issues from Hurricane Sandy, this presentation was rescheduled from its previous date of 10/30.

CAMDEN– Although delayed slightly due to Hurricane Sandy, Dr. Barbara MacDonald will give her presentation, “Safe and effective complementary Naturopathic and Chinese therapies during and after breast cancer treatment,” on Tuesday, Nov. 27 at Camden Whole Health in Camden. The talk will begin at 6 p.m. and will focus on the benefits of naturopathic care in cancer treatment.

A growing number of women are being diagnosed and successfully treated for breast cancer, and many women are living healthy lives with a history of breast cancer. According to several studies conducted in 2010, the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) within this patient population has increased from 60 to 88 percent. Those who are in breast cancer treatment now, or have completed it years prior, use complementary care for various reasons: to avoid negative drug, nutrient or herbal interactions that can interfere with surgery or treatment, to help with healing and pain reduction after surgery; to reduce of side effects and toxicity of some treatments; to enhance the effect of conventional treatments without interfering; and to hasten recovery and healing after treatment is completed. During treatment, complementary breast cancer care is provided by a licensed naturopathic doctor or other health-care provider with specialized training. 

Dr. Barbara MacDonald is a licensed naturopathic doctor and a doctor of Chinese medicine, as well as a member of the oncology association of naturopathic physicians. She developed the oncology clinic at the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon, and has been supporting women during and after conventional cancer treatment since 1997. She is a clinical supervisor, support group facilitator, and frequent speaker to professionals and patients on a local and national level. Dr. MacDonald is also the author of the well-reviewed text book on the subject, The Breast Cancer Companion: A Complementary Care Manual, 2nd edition. She practices in Camden at Camden Whole Health.

Camden Whole Health is an integrative wellness center, located at 91 Elm Street in Camden, which offers primary care consultations in conunction with other healing modalities. The practice is anchored by two naturopathic physicians, Dr. Deb Moskowitz and Dr. Barbara MacDonald, who provide treatment and care that combines nutrition, acupuncture, cranio-sacral therapy, spinal manipulation, Western and Chinese herbs, and functional medicine testing to cultivate healing. For more information on Camden Whole Health and its practitioners, visit

Dr. Barb's presentation is free and open to the public. To register for the Nov. 27 event, contact Camden Whole Health at 470-0213.

Event Date: 
Tue, 11/27/2012 - 6:00pm
Event Location: 
Camden Whole Health
91 Elm Street
Camden  Maine
Contact Phone: 
(207) 470-0213