On-Demand Courses

Advanced naturopathic oncology – female cancers
Credits: 9 Category A + 1 Pharmacology (Pending)
Venue: Webinar
Open to: NDs Health-care practitioners
Course type: On-demand

This intermediate to advanced-level course for practicing licensed professionals investigates both conventional and integrative naturopathic management of female (breast, ovarian and cervical) cancers. Specific naturopathic treatment recommendations for specific cancer types will be outlined using evidence-informed medicine as well as empirical evidence from the instructors’ vast experience. Participants will learn the necessary research skills to assess oncology cases and cancer therapeutics to create a comprehensive integrative management plan. This course not only provides an understanding of clinically relevant knowledge, but endorses demonstration of comprehension, problem-solving, and the application of new concepts.
Course format

This course provides learners with the flexibility and convenience of online study. Learning is achieved in online learning modules consisting of readings, videos, PowerPoint presentations, quizzes, and problem-based learning techniques.

Learning outcomes
  • Explain the goals of naturopathic treatment and rationalize the integration of naturopathic interventions in the treatment of patients with the following cancers: breast, ovarian, uterine, cervical, vaginal.
  • Design a prevention plan for patients with the above cancers based on the current published evidence.
  • List the benefits, potential adverse effects and safety concerns based on the available evidence for the various naturopathic interventions commonly used in the integrative treatment of patients with female cancers.
  • Describe how to provide nutritional support and use functional foods for common side effects of conventional treatment and procedures • List the potential benefits and adverse effects of the main conventional treatments for female cancers.
  • Assess drug-nutrient/herb interactions commonly seen in the field of integrative oncology.
  • Develop a comprehensive evidence-based naturopathic treatment plan to support patients with female cancers (breast, ovarian, uterine, cervical, and vaginal) during clinical settings.
  • Recognize important red flags and the limitations of naturopathic medicine as it relates to cancer care and determine when and how to make appropriate referrals. Critically evaluate published research in the felid of integrative oncology.

Dr. Dan Lander, ND
Dr. Daniel Lander, ND, is naturopathic doctor licensed in the province of Ontario and the state of Vermont. He is a Fellow of the American Association of Naturopathic Oncology (FABNO), and an associate professor at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine where he teaches clinical nutrition and integrative oncology, as well as supervises student interns on the adjunctive cancer care focus at the Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic. His previous clinical experience includes naturopathic treatment in a variety of settings, including an integrative cancer care hospital and community health centers for low-income families and people with HIV/AIDS. He is committed to the integration of naturopathic medicine in conventional cancer care and educating future naturopathic doctors.
Dr. Elise Benczkowski, ND
Originally from Toronto, Dr. Benczkowski, ND is a graduate of the University of Toronto and CCNM, Class of 2014. After graduation, she completed a two-year, hospital-based residency in naturopathic oncology at Cancer Treatment Centers of America and subsequently worked as a staff naturopathic doctor for the organization until she obtained fellowship status with the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology (FABNO). After a period of private practice in Maryland, Dr. Benczkowski, ND, is now currently a naturopathic doctor at the CCNM Integrative Cancer Centre, working to support patients with cancer at all stages of the disease with an integrative, patient-empowered approach.