Naturopathic Oncologist, Director of Integrated Medicine
Dr. Gignac has devoted much of his life to the study of natural medicine, specializing in naturopathic cancer care. He has been practicing at Seattle Cancer Treatment and Wellness Center since it was founded in 1997.
"Because of the complexity of cancer and confusion over the role of natural medicine in treating the disease, patients looking for natural options to support their treatment often don't know where to turn," Dr. Gignac says.
Dr. Gignac's certification as a Fellow of the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology (FABNO) helps patients differentiate between general-practice naturopaths and those with a specialized knowledge of oncology, including the disease process, cancer medications, and natural medicines that boost immunity and reduce the side effects of chemotherapy.
Dr. Gignac's formal education into natural medicine began with a seven-year tutelage under Alma R. Hutchens, author of "Indian Herbology of North America." He went on to earn a degree in Nutritional Biochemistry from the University of Ottawa, Canada, and pursue graduate studies in nutrition and human physiology at the University of Windsor.
Dr. Gignac received his doctorate in naturopathic medicine
from Bastyr University in 1992 and his master's degree in
acupuncture in 1996. After graduating from Bastyr, he was involved
in several research studies on natural medicines with Bastyr
and collaborating pharmaceutical companies.
"What this clinic has are naturopaths, acupuncturists and social workers who really specialize in cancer care," says Dr. Gignac, who is a member of the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians.
Dr. Gignac's deep interest in the spiritual aspects of
cancer and cancer treatment has him traveling frequently to
the Brazilian Amazon to further his study of indigenous healing
and spiritual practices.
"To effectively treat cancer, you have to cast as wide of a net as possible," he says. "That means doing innovative oncology alongside the best in supportive therapies, addressing not just the physical, but the psychological, emotional and spiritual realms as well."
Dr. Paul Reilly was one of the founding physicians at Seattle
Cancer Treatment and Wellness Center, where he has practiced
He is among a limited number nationwide to become a Fellow of
the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology (FABNO), a certification
that helps patients differentiate between general-practice naturopaths
and those with a specialized knowledge of oncology.
"I love working with patients, being part of their care.
They inspire me and I learn so much from them," says Dr.
Letitia Cain, a naturopathic physician who began working with
the team at Seattle Cancer Treatment & Wellness Center
in September, 2009.
A Fellow of the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology (FABNO), Dr. Cain earned a doctorate in naturopathic medicine from Bastyr University in Seattle. She completed a naturopathic residency at the Bastyr Center for Natural Health. Dr. Cain also completed a naturopathic medicine and oncology residency at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) at Midwestern Regional Medical Center (Midwestern) in Zion, Illinois.
Dr. Cain joined the CTCA family in 2003 as a staff naturopath at Midwestern. In 2005, she stepped into the role of Director of Naturopathic Medicine at CTCA at Southwestern Regional Medical Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She became a member of the CTCA team in Seattle in 2009 to help serve cancer patients in the Pacific Northwest.
Dr. Cain has lectured on the topics of "What is Cancer?" and the "Prevention of Cancer" to participants in the Our Journey of Hope® Program in numerous cities across the United States. She has also given oncology presentations for naturopathic physicians on "Nutrition for Oncology Patients." Additionally, Dr. Cain has been a guest lecturer for the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in Chicago, in which she conducted classes on "Oncology and Clinical Diagnosis" and "Studies and Scans in Oncology."
She is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, Washington Association of Naturopathic Physicians, Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians, Society for Integrative Oncology, and Physicians for Social Responsibility.
Erin Sweet, ND, MPH, FABNO
"My patients can feel confident that they will be
well-cared for throughout their treatment and follow-up
"My goal with each patient is to create a collaborative partnership that provides support, encouragement, and education," says Dr. Erin Sweet.
Dr. Sweet graduated from Evergreen State College with a Bachelor of Science in 1993. In 1998, she returned to school to study naturopathic medicine at Bastyr University and obtained her doctorate in 2004. Dr. Sweet went on to complete a two-year family practice and women's health residency at the National College of Natural Medicine.
In 2009 Dr. Sweet became attending physician at Bastyr University's Integrative Oncology Research Center. The following year she became a Research Investigator at Bastyr University. In 2012 she received a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from the University of Washington School of Public Health and completed a three-year NIH postdoctoral fellowship at Bastyr University Research Institute.
Dr. Sweet is a board certified Fellow of the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology through the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians. She is a member of the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians, the Naturopathic Physician's Research Network, and the Society of Integrative Oncology.
For Dr. Sweet, CTCA's approach to integrative oncology enables her to provide high-quality care for her patients. "My patients can feel confident that they will be well-cared for throughout their treatment and follow-up care," says Dr. Sweet.
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