Study area

Principal investigator

Leanna Standish, ND, PhD, LAc, FABNO
Project period

Bastyr Integrative Oncolgy Reserch Center (BIORC) is actively recruiting participants with colon cancer at any stage to take part in an observational research study. By studying how cancer reacts when treated with naturopathic medicine, traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture and mind-body therapies, we hope to uncover complementary and alternative medical (CAM) solutions that help patients fight cancer while also managing the effects of chemotherapy.

BIORC is the only institution in the nation to focus such a CAM study on colon cancer, and it has been working on this study for the past three years.

Currently, BIORC has about two dozen colorectal patients participating in the study, but is looking to increase that number in order to obtain better data and understanding of how CAM works in the fight against this deadly disease. Patients pay through their health insurance providers and BIORC supports them through conventional treatments. Patients are asked to fill out a questionnaire every six months to monitor their progress.

“The hope is that with more patients will come more data; with more data will come more funding; and with more funding will come a cure,” says Dr. Naydis. “We need a critical mass in order to make greater strides against colon cancer.”

To participate or for more information, please call the Bastry Clinical Research Center at 425.602.3311

Colon Cancer Fast Facts

  • Colon cancer is the third-most common cancer in the U.S. in both men and women, and the second deadliest cancer behind lung cancer. Usually people older than 50 are at increased risk, although younger patients can be diagnosed.  
  • Other risk factors include: people who have personal history of colorectal polyps, history of inflammatory bowel disease and family history of colorectal cancer.
  • African Americans have the highest colorectal cancer rates and about 5 percent to 10 percent of people have inherited gene mutations.
  • Lifestyle and diet patterns:  A diet that includes large amounts of red meat and processed foods increases one’s risk, while vegetable, fruits and whole grains decrease the risk. People who are not physically active, obese, smokers, heavy alcohol users, as well as people with noninsulin-dependent diabetes are at increased risk.