Zachary Kadro, ND, MPH

Physician
Fred Hutch
Teaching Associate, Division of Medical Oncology
University of Washington School of Medicine
“When all treatments, therapies and providers are in the same place, we have the opportunity to enhance patient care. ”
— Dr. Kadro
What brought you to oncology?

I had an older cousin who passed away from stomach cancer. Unfortunately, by the time he was diagnosed, it was already an advanced case, and we lost him six months later. He was in his final year of medical school. The experience of seeing someone with their whole life ahead of them affected by cancer left a big impression on me.

How would you describe your role and approach to care?

My role is to use evidence-based integrative therapies, including nutrition, mind/body practices, and conservative use of natural products, to help patients manage the side effects of cancer treatments and improve their overall health. I work with patients to develop integrative treatment plans that align with their goals and values and meet their specific needs during and after cancer treatment.

Cancer can be one of the most challenging times in a person’s life, so I want to help make sure patients have what they need to feel supported — emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Many people diagnosed with cancer experience anxiety, depression, stress, difficulty sleeping, and physical symptoms like fatigue, nausea, and pain. I want patients to know that in addition to conventional treatments, there are many integrative therapies we can use to help them.

I am guided by the principles of naturopathic medicine, including doing no harm, treating the whole person, treating the cause, focusing on prevention, serving as a teacher and partner, and supporting the body’s natural healing processes. 

Side effects A problem that occurs when treatment affects healthy tissues or organs. Some side effects of cancer treatment are nausea, vomiting, fatigue, pain, decreased blood cell counts, hair loss and mouth sores. Symptom A physical or mental problem that a person experiences that may indicate a disease or condition. Symptoms cannot be seen and do not show up on medical tests. A physical or mental problem that a person experiences that may indicate a disease or condition. Symptoms cannot be seen and do not show up on medical tests. Some examples of symptoms are headache, fatigue, nausea and pain.

Provider background

Integrative medicine

I am a naturopathic physician who sees patients at SCCA South Lake Union.

I work with a high proportion of patients diagnosed with breast cancer, but I see people with many different diagnoses. Cancer treatment is one of the places in medicine where we can bring together conventional and complementary therapies to deliver patient-centered care and really focus on whole-person health.

We know that many cancer patients use, or are interested in using, some form of complementary or integrative medicine therapy during their treatment — whether that be taking supplements, changing their diet, having acupuncture, or using cannabis products —  so I want to make sure patients know they can feel comfortable having an open conversation with me about these options, and we can talk through which ones are most likely to be safe and effective.

Integrative medicine Combines conventional (standard) medical treatment with complementary and alternative (CAM) therapies that have been shown to be safe and to work. CAM therapies treat the mind, body and spirit.

Diseases treated

Education, experience and certifications
Undergraduate Degree
University of Michigan
Graduate Degree
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Medical School
Bastyr University
Residency
Integrative Oncology, Goshen Center for Cancer Care, Goshen Health
Fellowship
Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Integrative Medicine and Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Certification
Plant-Based Nutrition, Center for Nutrition Studies, eCornell
Languages
English

Research

Clinical trials

We make promising new treatments available to you through studies called clinical trials led by Fred Hutch doctors. Many of these trials at Fred Hutch have led to FDA-approved treatments and have improved standards of care globally. Together, you and your doctor can decide if a study is right for you.

Publications

Many of our Fred Hutch doctors conduct ongoing research to improve standards of patient care. Their work is evaluated by other doctors and selected for publication to the United States National Library of Medicine, the largest medical library in the world. See scientific papers this Fred Hutch provider has written.

Your care team

At Fred Hutch, you receive care from a team of providers with extensive experience in your disease. Your team includes doctors, a patient care coordinator, a registered nurse, an advanced practice provider and others, based on your needs. You also have access to experts like nutritionists, social workers, acupuncturists, psychiatrists and more who specialize in supporting people with cancer or blood disorders.
Registered nurse (RN)
Registered nurse (RN)
Your nurse manages your care alongside your doctor and assists with care procedures and treatments.
Patient care coordinator
Patient care coordinator
Your patient care coordinator works closely with you and your doctor and serves as your scheduler.

Insurance

Fred Hutch accepts most national private health insurance plans as well as Medicare. We also accept Medicaid for people from Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho. We are working to ensure that everyone, no matter what their financial situation, has access to the care they need.