Integrative’s Cancer Care Program is just that, integrated. While the main practitioners are Dr Alex Chan ND and Dr Lawrence Chan ND, there are others that play a part and offer support to the patients in the program, their family and their friends. Our clinic has 8 Naturopaths, 1 Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine, 2 RMTs, a Holistic Nutritionist, and an onsite lab. Oh, and a program coordinator!
My name is Alex Draper (yes, another Alex!) and I have been the Cancer Care Coordinator since the program launched in October 2016. The purpose of my role is to support both the doctors and the patients during their treatment here at the clinic. This includes (but is certainly not limited to) booking in new patients, collecting required documents and clinical records, booking subsequent visits and IV treatments, coordinating with the lab when ordering tests, and I think most importantly; I act as a direct line to Dr Alex and/or Lawrence Chan.
If a patient in the program has a question or needs clarification, a quick email or phone call to me is all that is needed. I will get the message to the doctor and get an answer back to the patient as soon as I can.
My hope is that my role will offer a bit of peace of mind in what is a very strenuous and difficult time. Every single patient that walks through our door gets a highly individualized treatment plan. No treatment plan is the same. This means it can be difficult for me to answer questions such as “Will Dr Chan want to put me on vitamin C?” Those kinds of things cannot be answered without an initial consult from the doctor. So, what does the process look like?
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Call us and book an appointment. Once you do, we will send you a new patient package. This includes:
- New Patient Forms
- Medical Release Forms (one for BC Cancer Agency and one for your family medical doctor)
- A new patient checklist
- Integrative’s Approach to Oncology
We ask that you fill that out, and return it to us as soon as possible. This way, we can start the process of requesting any records that you might not have on hand.
Coming to the clinic: Your initial visit with either Dr Chan will be followed by 90 minutes of non-invasive clinical testing. This testing includes a BioMeridian organ scan, a cellular screen, and a mineral taste test. All of these results will play a part in the creation of a treatment plan. We ask that you prepare to spend roughly 2 hours with us on your first visit.
Subsequent and follow up visits: After your initial visit with Dr Chan, the doctor will begin working on a treatment plan. This treatment plan will be delivered during your follow up (2nd) visit with the doctor. After this appointment, you will receive a copy of your treatment plan, handouts specific to the treatments, and any other materials that the doctor would like you to have.
Treatment begins: This could include a variety of things, such as IV therapy, IPT Lite, Acupuncture, Nutritional support, and/or emotional support and NeurOptimal therapies.
As the program coordinator, I am with you along the way for all these steps. I am here to offer support, answer questions, liaise with the doctors and lab, and help provide information. For more information on our Cancer Program, call us at 604-738-1012 ext 1 or email Alex Draper at firstname.lastname@example.org