Cancer is a frightening diagnosis. Once you’ve heard it, it’s hard to think about much else. It feels like the wind has been stolen from your sails and you become lost in a sea of blood tests, imaging scans and doctors visits. You are poked and prodded. Never in your life have you ever had so much interaction with the medical system. And never have you felt so alone.
I get it. I am here to help you keep your feet on the ground and take you step-by-step through each stage of your care – whether it is just after receiving the cancer diagnosis, prior to biopsy or surgery, during chemotherapy or radiation, or after your conventional treatments when you want to put your life back together. While each woman’s journey is unique to her, I have held many hands through this walk. My own family has been touched by breast cancer, so like I said – I get it. In a deep and personal way. When my friends were reading Archie comics, I was reading about people living with cancer. Looking for answers, hearing survival stories and trying to find a way to prevent breast cancer from affecting my mother and sisters.
When you are looking for more support and alternative options to enhance the oncologist’s recommended treatments, this is the care that I provide. I work with your oncology team to enhance treatment effectiveness using naturopathic therapies, to manage side effects from chemotherapy and radiation and provide long term solutions to restore vitality and reduce your risk of recurrence. This is done using dietary recommendations, lifestyle modifications and specific nutrient or herbal support that has been shown to improve outcomes in breast cancer patients. I am certified to provide intravenous treatments, such as high dose Vitamin C IVs and Energy IVs, to further support the needs of cancer patients.
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You can expect to learn a lot along the way: what the diagnosis and various reports mean, how to reduce and manage side effects from your conventional treatments as well as what can be done to optimize quality of life and improve chance of survival. It’s a good idea to bring any reports from your oncologist that you can, so we can discuss these and start your plan right away. I take the time to explain what your naturopathic treatment will look like, answer your questions, share relevant research in an easy to understand format and work with you to create the best plan for where you are in the process. In addition to learning about health and your treatment, you will also learn a lot about yourself.
Helping women understand their treatment is one passion of mine, but even more so is supporting women with the emotional aspect of living with a cancer diagnosis. A cancer diagnosis can shake us to our core and unearth some deep emotions that we haven’t thought about or had to face before. You are not alone. We can work together to conquer your fears and resolve the concerns that arise.
It is very rewarding to see an assured, more resilient woman walk out of my office feeling better than she has in years. This is my ultimate goal: to help women overcome their cancer diagnosis and become stronger in the process.
Dr. Stefanie Trowell is a registered and licenced naturopathic doctor practicing at Darou Wellness. You can book an appointment with Dr. Trowell directly online here.
ABOUT DR. STEFANIE TROWELL, ND
Dr. Stefanie Trowell, ND is a licensed and registered Naturopathic Doctor practicing in Toronto, Ontario. After graduating from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, she achieved acceptance into the competitive Clinical Residency program, which placed Dr. Trowell in the heart of evidence-based medicine and research. Her research into adjunctive breast cancer care was selected for presentation at the 2015 CAND – Health Fusion Conference in Calgary, Alberta. Dr. Trowell has been able to continue her work at the College by lecturing on “Clinical Pathologies of the Breast” and supervising interns in the teaching clinic, primarily on the adjunctive cancer care shift.
As a Naturopathic Doctor, Dr. Trowell loves to incorporate traditional methods with the best available research to enhance each patient’s health and deliver the highest quality of care. She is passionate about optimizing health and managing chronic disease, with a special interest in fertility and cancer care, especially breast cancer. Since these two conditions have touched the lives of loved ones, Dr. Trowell has a very personal understanding of the challenges and struggles involved. Her individualized approach addresses the specific needs of her patients as she works closely with them to achieve their health goals.