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Holy Rosary Healthcare Partners with Yellowstone Naturopathic Clinic to Provide Naturopathic Cancer Support Service

Holy Rosary Healthcare and Yellowstone Naturopathic Clinic have announced a collaborative naturopathic cancer support service to support patients through their cancer treatment. This program is part of Holy Rosary’s integrative cancer care service. 

Through this program Yellowstone Naturopathic Clinic’s current oncology resident will work closely with the Holy Rosary Cancer team to meet the needs of patients. 

“We are very excited to be able to offer this service at Holy Rosary. This integrative approach to cancer care has been hugely beneficial for patients in reducing side effects of cancer treatment and improving quality of life,” shared Katie Donnelly, RN, BSN, OCN, CRNI, Director of Oncology, Hospice, and Palliative Care at Holy Rosary. 

The naturopathic service is an option that can be integrated into a patients’ cancer care plan. Naturopathic residents from Yellowstone Naturopathic Clinic, directed by Dr. Margaret Beeson, ND, have provided supportive oncology care at St. Vincent’s Cancer Centers of Montana since 2006. Now, Miles City area patients with cancer have the opportunity to access this specific naturopathic care locally. 

A naturopathic doctor makes recommendations with guidance regarding nutrition, lifestyle, natural products, sleep support, and optimizing digestion, depending on the type of cancer and course of conventional treatment. The goal is to help reduce adverse effects of cancer treatment, enhance cancer therapies, and promote quality of life, which is integral in helping patients complete their full course of treatment. The patient’s prescribed oncology treatment, as well as individual medical history and medications, are taken into account in order to provide safe and effective personalized recommendations. Extensive analysis of drug and herb metabolism is conducted to ensure safety. 

Margaret Beeson, ND, Director, and owner of Yellowstone Naturopathic Clinic, expressed gratitude for the implementation of this program at Holy Rosary, sharing “We are excited to share this important option for patients being treated for cancer in Miles City. We are grateful to Ms. Sandra Anderson and Holy Rosary for the collaborative efforts to create a space to introduce the service to the Miles City community.” 

Dr. Chris Ballantine, ND, the first naturopathic oncology resident to provide this service in Miles City, shared, “We’re very glad to be offering this service to help patients in Miles City have quality of life and so they receive the full therapeutic value of conventional care, which really is the cornerstone of oncology.” 

Funding for the new program has been provided by the L.P. and Teresa Anderson Foundation, Sandra Anderson, the Yellowstone Naturopathic Clinic in Billings and Naturopathic Education and Research Consortium (NERC). 

To schedule a naturopathic cancer support care visit in Mile City, Holy Rosary patients may call (406) 233-4022 for in-person care, video visits via MyChart, or telephone visits. In addition, the naturopathic doctor will also provide patents and their families monthly education classes, known as “Thrive Now.” Class is held in-person at Holy Rosary. Reservations are not required. Contact Holy Rosary for dates and times class is available. 

Holy Rosary is also excited to announce the construction of a comprehensive cancer center serving Eastern Montana. The 12,000-square-foot center will provide radiation, medical and surgical oncology services to address the needs of cancer patients in rural Eastern Montana. Construction of the project will begin this spring and the $17 million project is expected to be completed in late 2024.