Eliot Edwards, ND, FABNO

What if cancer treatments were easier to tolerate with less debilitating side effects? What if you could harness your innate healing capacity and immune function to fight your cancer? What if you could support your body to help maintain a high quality of life while you recover from surgery or receive chemotherapy or radiation?  Integrative oncology and naturopathic medicine work in just this way to get the best outcome possible in your fight against cancer.

 

If you are like most of my patients, you are probably overwhelmed with all the information on the internet regarding natural approaches to cancer treatment. Working with a naturopath provides sound professional guidance and you will finally get answers to questions standard medicine does not address (and the internet isn't always correct). I will guide you through the maze of information, achieving the best inclusive approach to your unique situation. My expertise, education and background as a naturopathic cancer specialist will guide you to a safe, effective and innovative treatment plan. 

 

My Story as an ND: I am a naturopathic physician and have been in practice for 16 years. From 2002 through January 2009 I practiced in upstate New York doing general naturopathic medicine and treating a variety of conditions including autoimmune diseases, cardiovascular disease, gastrointestinal disorders, women’s health, diabetes and cancer. Since 2009 my focus has been cancer care.

 

In 2009 I accepted a position at Cancer Treatment Centers of America, in Zion, IL. At CTCA, I worked along-side medical oncologists who provided a conventional standard of care, while I supported the patients with naturopathic medicine. The most rewarding aspect of working at CTCA, was seeing patients who had been suffering significant side effects from the conventional treatments, start to feel so much better when incorporating naturopathic support.

 

In 2013, I became a Fellow of the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology (FABNO). There are only 120 board certified naturopathic physicians in the US and Canada. Those who earn this designation have extensive experience and post-graduate education specific to cancer treatment. It also requires I stay current in this fast-changing area of medicine.

 

Back to the Pacific Northwest!  My family and I moved back to Portland, OR in 2017. My wife and I love the Pacific Northwest and are excited to raise our daughter in this beautiful part of the country. I am pleased to join forces with Dr. Dave Allderdice at Sage Cancer Care, as a premier destination for holistic cancer care in the Northwest. Dr. Allderdice also worked at CTCA and is a fellow FABNO. At Sage Cancer Care, we continue to provide the same high-quality integrative cancer care including diet and lifestyle modification, clinical nutrition, dietary and herbal supplement recommendations, IV nutrient therapy and hyperbaric oxygen therapy. 

 

My Teaching: I have a passion for teaching and I enjoy lecturing to a variety of audiences – including community forums, students and professional medical conferences. Currently, I am an adjunct faculty member at National University of Natural Medicine. In the past I was an adjunct faculty member at State University of New York, College at Oneonta for 5 years and a clinic instructor at National University of Health Sciences, IL in their naturopathic medicine program.

 

My Advocacy: I am a staunch advocate for the naturopathic profession and for an integrative healthcare system in our country. Over the years, I have held a variety of positions with my state and national associations. I served as VP of the New York Association of Naturopathic Medicine (NYANP), VP and President of Illinois Association of Naturopathic Physicians (ILANP) and Co-Chair of the State Alliance Committee of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP). Currently, I am a member of the Board of Medical Examiners for the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology. I am a member of the State and Federal Affairs committee of the AANP and a member of the Public Relations committee of the Oregon Association of Naturopathic Physicians (OANP). These groups promote awareness of naturopathic medicine and advocate for enhanced access to naturopathic care for patients.

 

For Fun: When I’m not in the clinic, I love to be in the great outdoors and have been an avid cyclist for more than 30 years. I also enjoy cross-country skiing, kayaking and fly fishing to keep my mind and body healthy. You should also know that I love to laugh with my patients. Considering the gravity and seriousness of cancer and the challenges that go along with treating it, it is good to try to let go and laugh when we can. I take my work and my patient’s care very seriously, but sometimes laughter is the best medicine.