Naturopathic oncology utilizes natural therapeutics, including both modern and traditional methods of treatment. Through diet and nutrition, exercise, vitamin and mineral supplementation, botanical medicine, homeopathic remedies and more, naturopathic medicine can support the body's own healing abilities and strives to empower individuals to make lifestyle changes necessary for optimal health. The principles of naturopathic medicine are based on objective observation of the nature of health and disease.
Furthermore, naturopathy utilizes a holistic approach to healing, addressing the whole person: body, mind and spirit. The core of naturopathic medicine is to treat each person as an individual and to consider his or her whole being. We do not treat one bodily system as a separate entity from the rest of the person's body and psyche. It is equally important to care for the mind, the body,and the spirit in the appropriate manner for each unique patient.
Chad Aschtgen, N.D., FABNO, specializes in integrative oncology, providing expert naturopathic care for patients with cancer or interest in cancer prevention. He welcomes patients at every stage of diagnosis and treatment. Whether newly diagnosed, currently receiving conventional treatment (including chemotherapy, biological therapies, radiation and pre-/post-surgery), recently post-treatment or in remission, individuals facing the difficulties of cancer have a great resource in Dr. Aschtgen.
He works closely with his patients to create customized and dynamic integrative treatment plans that take into consideration all aspects of an individual’s health and medical care. Dr. Aschtgen’s patients receive safe and effective natural therapies specifically designed to improve health, decrease symptoms and aid in fighting disease. Additionally, with a commitment to patient-centered care, Dr. Aschtgen encourages clear communication and close coordination with each element of an individual’s care team, including family members, general physician, medical and/or radiation oncologists, surgeon, care manager and other health practitioners.
Board certified in naturopathic oncology (Fellow of the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology–FABNO), Dr. Aschtgen received his Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington. Subsequently he completed a two-year, hospital-based naturopathic medical residency at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) – Midwestern Regional Medical Center, outside Chicago, Illinois. Following completion of his naturopathic oncology training, Dr. Aschtgen remained on staff at CTCA until his relocation back to the Pacific Northwest.
Time: Wednesdays and Fridays, 8 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Location: Providence Regional Cancer System -- Lacey
Price: Depending on the complexity of the patient's health situation, a new visit can range from about $200 to $300, and a return visit ranges from $100 to $200 (time of service payment discount is 20 percent). Most major health plans accepted.
To Schedule: Call (360) 754-3934