Research in integrative oncology is substantial and ever-growing. Largely, it is guided by single intervention randomized controlled trials (RCTs). Naturopathic Doctors in cancer care focus on the highest quality human data for clinical decision-making. Many studies report safe use of natural therapies in humans with positive outcomes for improved quality of life, side effects management, treatment response and survival.
The OncANP mission is to advance the philosophy, science and practice of naturopathic medicine in oncology care, and our organization is committed to improving the knowledge of integrative oncology research within the naturopathic profession. As part of this process, the OncANP has established a Research Committee dedicated to advancing these goals.
The research committee’s mission is to support and promote a culture of research and evidence-based practice amongst practitioners of naturopathic oncology. The research committee will provide opportunities and educational resources to enhance the OncANP memberships understanding and ability to appraise the medical literature relevant to naturopathic oncology. In addition, the committee will support and encourage publication and dissemination of case reports and other clinically relevant research. Where possible, the research committee will work to support the broader OncANP goals as defined by the board of directors.
In 2016, the OncANP launched The Knowledge in Naturopathic Oncology Website (KNOWoncology.org) for its membership. This is a database of human clinical trials in integrative oncology and combines detailed summaries of up-to-date research with current best practices from experienced naturopathic physicians. The goal is to provide clinicians and students working with cancer patients access to data for best education, safety and clinical decision-making.