Radiation Therapy and Its Side-Effects: An Interview with Shauna Birdsall, ND, FABNO

Sponsored by Cancer Treatment Centers of America

By Natural Medicine Journal

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In this interview, Shauna Birdsall, ND, FABNO, of Cancer Treatment Centers of America, discusses maintaining quality of life while undergoing radiation therapy. She addresses the complementary therapies that can help alleviate side effects, and also touches on some of the more controversial issues concerning naturopathic oncology and radiation therapy, including whether antioxidants are safe and effective with radiation therapy. 

Approximate listening time: 17 minutes

About the Expert

Shauna M. Birdsall, ND, FABNO,  is the vice chief of staff and director of naturopathic medicine at Western Regional Medical Center of Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA). She provides clinical oversight to the naturopathic physicians, has programmatic responsibility for the department, and provides patient care in an integrative, team-based environment. Birdsall earned a doctor of naturopathic medicine degree from the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Ore, in 2000. She is board certified in naturopathic oncology and is a Fellow of the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology. Birdsall collaborates with other CTCA clinicians to provide integrative cancer care. Her focus is on the safe and effective use of natural therapies to help with side effects of conventional treatment, improve quality of life, and prevent herb-drug-nutrient interactions.

About the Sponsor

Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) is a national network of hospitals providing a comprehensive, fully integrated approach to cancer treatment. CTCA serves patients with complex cancer from all 50 states at facilities located in suburban Phoenix, suburban Chicago, suburban Atlanta, Philadelphia, and Tulsa. Known for delivering the Mother Standard® of care and Patient Empowerment Medicine®, CTCA provides patients with information about cancer and their treatment options so they can control their treatment decisions. For more information about CTCA, visit www.cancercenter.com.

About the Author

Natural Medicine Journal is an electronic peer-reviewed journal and open access website dedicated to the field of integrative medicine.