Dr. Mark Fontes, ND

What to expect on your first cancer care visit

At Insight Naturopathic Clinic, our primary objective for the first visit is to ensure that we address your specific goals and reasons for coming in to the clinic. Typically patients will see us if they are interested in lifestyle and health education targeted towards the prevention of cancer, for recommendations to help support them through their conventional treatment (chemotherapy, surgery, radiation therapy) or aid in their plan towards the prevention of recurrence.

Initial consults are two hours in length. This is to ensure that there is sufficient time to complete a thorough medical history intake; review imaging reports, consult notes and lab tests; discuss and clarify any questions you may have regarding your conventional treatment; and perform a relevant physical examination and order any additional lab tests.   

There will then be a discussion about what treatment options are available to you:

    • Specific dietary recommendations.
    • Nutritional and/or supplemental prescriptions: vitamins, minerals, nutrients and other compounds.
    • Botanical/Herbal medicines.
    • Injection therapies: intravenous Vitamin C, glutathione, mistletoe therapy and others.
    • Communication with and referrals to other medical professionals, as required.

At the end of the visit you will be provided with a comprehensive treatment plan that includes several of the therapies mentioned above. A follow-up consult is then arranged as required for your individual case.

Training in cancer care support

Naturopathic Doctors may receive additional training in cancer care support by receiving their Fellow of the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology (FABNO) designation from the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians (https://oncanp.org). Insight Naturopathic Clinic is proud to have two Naturopathic Doctors with this designation, Dr. Mark Fontes, ND and Dr. Jill Shainhouse, ND.


Dr. Mark Fontes, ND, practices at Insight Naturopathic Clinic with a focus in supportive cancer care. He is Chair of the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND), and is part-time clinic faculty at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine.