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We specialize in supporting cancer patients during their active treatment and recovery phases of standard care
What is Comprehensive Cancer Support?
By analyzing every aspect of your diet and lifestyle, we create a tailored plan aimed at supporting the body's immune response so that your body has the best chance of fighting back.
Truly Personalized Care
Your Questions Answered!
1. What is Comprehensive Cancer Support?
-We take a multifaceted approach to supporting cancer patients during and after their conventional treatment. This consists of:
1. Designing a nutrition plan aimed at supporting the body's metabolism; aimed at slowing cancer growth and supporting the body's optimal immune function.
Dr. Robinson is a Certified Oncology Nutrition Consultant through the Oncology Nutrition Institute. There is not one universal diet plan for all cancers. Each plan is individuailzed to the patient's case.
2. Reviewing your current supplement regimen to ensure your current protocol is safe, as well as desinging an evidence based nutritional and herbal protocol to support your immune system and normal metabolic pathways.
3. Design plans to both prepare you for the typically draining effects of chemo and radiation as well as help build your body back up after each and every treatment so you can go into your next session ready to fight.
4. Utilizing botanical phytonutrients to reduce the side effects of chemo and radiation allowing your standard care treatments to go more smoothly.
5. Adjunctive therapies such as Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber Therapy and Acupuncture allow us to simultaneously fight cancer naturally and mitigate conventional treatment side effects.
2. What sort of unique therapies do you utilize?
-First and foremost botanical medicine (including Mistletoe Therapy) and medical nutrition therapy are our expertise, but for the patients that need it, we do use stronger therapies such as Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber Therapy, Acupuncture, IV-Vitamin C, Ozone Therapy, UV-BI, IV Artemisia and partner with the Ayre Clinic for IPT low dose chemotherapy when needed. IPT chemo is a way to utilize modern chemotherapy medications with a much lower side effect profile.
3. Are Consults with Dr. Robinson an alternative to conventional cancer treatment?
-NO! Our services are adjunctive & complementary care for those undergoing traditional drug, surgical, radiation, and chemotherapy treatments. We require that you are under the care of a medical doctor or nurse practitioner concurrently while utilizing our services. If you do not have a medical oncology team, you're more than welcome to meet with our medical oncology team, Dr. Hesselink MD and Rebecca Stealey NP, that we partner with in our Burr Ridge office. If you're not thrilled about the conventional chemotherapy options you're being presented, we can direct you to talk with the Ayre Clinic to use these same chemotherapies in a less toxic way.
4. My oncologist told me not to take any vitamins or herbs, is that true?
-While there are many herbs and nutrients contraindicated in cancer, we have a wealth of knowledge of the effects of many nutrients and phytochemicals in supporting the body during conventional cancer care. Traditional oncologists have not recieved substantial training in herbal medicine and nutritional biochemistry, so it is not that they are wrong, they just aren't aware of these nuances. Dr. Robinson has spent 6 years of graduate school specifically studying food as medicine, and doing so safely. We will work with your doctor to create a team approach and provide any research necessary to support our recommendations.
5. I am already on a lot of supplements, how can you help?
-We review everyone's supplement regimen that comes in the door. Many patients come in to us taking things that are actually hurting their care due to drug / herb interactions. With a deep understanding of nutritional biochemistry and herbal medicine physiology, we are able to not only determine if what you are taking is appropriate, but can usually pare down the number of things that you're taking. We do this by strategically combining herbs and vitamins into fewer capsules or inclusive powders that are multi-purposed.
6. What if I do not have an oncologist?
-We require that you are under the care of a medical doctor or nurse practitioner in order to use our oncology support services. If you do not have a medical doctor, Dr. Michael Robinson works with a MD and NP in an oncology clinic in Burr Ridge, IL. Appointments to meet with both Michael Robinson ND, MS, CNS, LDN, ONC and the medical oncolgy team in Burr Ridge on the same day can be made by contacting The Ayre Clinic for Contemporary Medicine HERE.
7. What type of services does the Ayre Clinic offer?
-We are a full service integrative oncology clinic that includes medical cancer care using Insulin Potentiation Therapy to enhance our chemotherapy regimens, as well as services such as IV vitamin C, IV artemisia, etc. We also have providers that specialize in nutrition, naturopathic medicine, acupuncture, lymphatic therapy, psychotherapy, chiropractic and more. More info for The Ayre Clinic for Contemporary Medicine is found HERE.
8. What if I already beat cancer, how can you help?
-First of all, you are awesome! But there is still a lot of work we can do. There is still a lot of diet, nutrition, and lifestyle work we can do to reduce your risk of cancer returning, as well as support your body with any lingering side effects you may have from the conventional treatments you received. (Gut disruption and digestive issues, loss of hair, neuropathy, lymphedema, etc.). We also offer circulating tumor cell (CTC) and tumor marker testing and monitoring to detect possible reoccurances ASAP and many months ahead of standard imaging, making them easier to treat should they occur. You can order CTC testing here
9. What if I have a family history or I'm just looking to prevent cancer?
- We've got a number of treatment plans that we can build for cancer prevention. Cancer is always easier to prevent than to treat, as well as it is much easier to treat if detected early, rather than waiting until it has advanced. On top of our treatment plans for prevention, Nourish now offers dozens of advanced tests to screen for various cancers and recurrence, meaning we can start treatment early if needed.
10. I have a very rare or aggressive cancer, have you worked with it before?
- Chances are the answer is yes. Due to the nature of our clinic, the patient population that seeks out our care are the people with the rare and late stage cancers that the conventional sysytem struggles to treat, thus resulting in us seeing an unusually large amount of these very difficult cases. Dr. Robinson has worked full time in oncology for many years with thousands of patients and has seen it all, including the rare stuff.
11. Can you help tell me why I got cancer? or any more details about my disease?
-Sometimes we can determine the cause, but the answer is not always findable as there are often many causes. We do order advanced sets of labs on every patient including tumor markers, metabolic markers, inflammation markers, hormone & vitamin levels, etc. in an attempt to learn the most about your disease and your body as we can. This allows us to build the most tailored treatment plan possible. We also partner with labs that offer liquid biopsy (blood test to determine cancer cell characteristics and tumor typing), as well as CTC - Circulating Tumor Cell testing (which measures how many malignant cells are in your bloodstream). This goes far beyond the standard CBC and CMP labs ordered everytime you go in to your oncologist for treatment.
12. Do the other Nourish Providers work with cancer patients?
-Our Functional Medicine Nutritionist Sierra is also certified in Oncology Nutrition and helps Dr. Robinson implement the nutritional plans that he prescribes after the initial consult. Dr. Vang also has completed specialty training in acupuncture specifically for cancer patients. Dr. Nari and Dr. Betance have their own specialties and do not see new cancer patients, but do provide procedures for our current cancer patients when needed (such as acupuncture or homeopathic consults).
13. Should I book an appointment at the Nourish Clinic or Ayre Clinic?
-This is up to you. If you are in need of a full medical team, then appointments should start with Dr. Robinson in either office and we will coordinate your care if we need to have you see our medical oncology nurse practitioner in the Burr Ridge office. This will ensure you have the best team and have support of our oncology nursing staff. If you are solely looking to support your current conventional regimen, the Nourish office is the place to be. If you're not sure, give reception a call at 630-442-0169 and our receptionist can help you get things sorted out.
If it is a timing issue, Dr. Robinson is:
-In the Nourish office (Downers Grove) - Monday & Wednesday
-In The Ayre Clinic (Burr Ridge) - Tuesdays & Thursdays
-Appointments with Sierra are always held virtually via Zoom
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