Resources

by Gerald Lemole, MD; Pallav Mehta, MD; and Dwight McKee, MD
According to Drs. Lemole, Mehta, and McKee, your choices in diet, exercise, and even relationships can help determine your propensity for relapse. With more than three decades of post-cancer-care experience, the doctors create practical takeaways based on science so that readers will drastically improve their quality of life to enjoy many years of cancer-free serenity.

by Lorenzo Cohen and Alison Jefferies
Introducing the concept of the “Mix of Six,” Cohen and Jefferies make an informed case that building social and emotional support; manag­ing stress; improving sleep, exercise, and diet; and minimizing exposure to environmental toxins work together to promote an optimal environment for health and well-being.

CAM-Cancer is an open-access, nonprofit web resource providing health professionals with evidence-based information about complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) for cancer. This resource aims to prepare and disseminate information for health professionals based on the best available evidence in order to assist them in making informed treatment decisions together with their patients. Entries do not include dosing or administration guidelines.

This site has a wide array of information for people with cancer and their families and caregivers, including types of cancer, navigating cancer care, coping with cancer, survivorship and more

by Michael Lerner
This book is written for you—someone with cancer who wants to understand the many choices available to you in both conventional medicine and alternative therapies. It is also for your family members, friends, and healthcare professionals, but primarily it is for you. It is a book about how to find your way through the unfamiliar and often frightening territory that you face when you are diagnosed with cancer.

by Donald I. Abrams, MD, and Andrew T. Weil, MD
This book provides complementary interventions to conventional cancer care, Including the hot topics of cannabinoids, antioxidents, energy medicine. and nutrition. New chapters have been added to this edition.

by Keith I. Block, MD
Dr. Keith Block describes the Block program for fighting cancer to people who are at different places along the cancer continuum. Dr. Block’s evidence-based program is explained in easy-to-understand language that patients can implement both by themselves as well as with the assistance of their healthcare provider. Dr. Block includes in-depth descriptions of lifestyle practices as well as complementary therapies that are designed to enhance conventional cancer treatment, minimize side effects, and possibly prevent recurrence.

by Neil McKinney, BSc, ND
Informed by 30 years of practice and teaching naturopathic and traditional Chinese medicine, this guide to clinical success with cancer adds new therapies, new chapters, refinements of protocols, expanded references.

This open-access site contains various resources for patients and professionals related to complementary approaches and cancer: A workbook for patients to use in exploring approaches and talking with their doctors, a guide to help patients make informed choices, FAQs and information on how to read safety warnings, selecting a complementary practitioner, paying for complementary approaches, evaluating medical resources on the Internet, and finding integrative medicine programs.

These cancer information summaries from the National Cancer Institute give brief descriptions of selected integrative, alternative and complementary therapies and the evidence supporting their use.

by Lise Alschuler, ND, FABNO, and Karolyn Gazella
Naturopathic oncologist Lise Alschuler and health writer Karolyn Gazella have written this book for those who have been diagnosed with cancer and their loved ones. “Compassionate while reflecting the most recent science, this book offers a thorough examination of integrative cancer prevention and treatment in an accessible and practical manner. Readers will develop a better understanding of what cancer is, what causes it, how to best prevent it, and how to include complementary therapies into their treatment.” Naturopathic therapies are provided for a number of specific cancers.

Credits: BCCT (Beyond Conventional Cancer Therapies)

CAM-Cancer is an open-access, nonprofit web resource providing health professionals with evidence-based information about complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) for cancer. This resource aims to prepare and disseminate information for health professionals based on the best available evidence in order to assist them in making informed treatment decisions together with their patients. Entries do not include dosing or administration guidelines.

Cancer Commons is a not-for-profit network of patients, physicians and scientists that help identify the best conventional care options for treating an individual’s cancer. Each case builds on collective knowledge, enabling more accurate personalized options for the next community member. Cancer Commons strives to connect and leverage the world’s cancer knowledge and resources to help patients and their physicians make treatment decisions.

This website provides resources for cancer patients, including an online support community; a cancer experience registry; and information about risk factors, symptoms, treatments and side effects of treatment.

This site has a wide array of information for people with cancer and their families and caregivers, including types of cancer, navigating cancer care, coping with cancer, survivorship and more.

Indian Cancer Society has been doing sterling work in fighting cancer across India. It has been and continues to be the beacon of hope for thousands of underprivileged cancer patients. The extent of help required is phenomenal. Most of the patients come to us from all over the country and can’t afford two meals a day. In such cases undergoing treatment is beyond their capacity.

Cancer Foundation of India (CFI), based in Kolkata, is a voluntary organization dedicated to cancer prevention and control in India. At CFI a team of highly motivated professionals have been actively engaged in cancer control activities since 2002. Through the activities of the organization we try to bridge the gap that exists in cancer public health, education, training & human resource development, population research and cancer survivor issues in the country.

Welcome to Breast Cancer India, your one stop site for all resource related to breast cancer in India. This site is managed by the NGO The Pink Initiative.

Cancer Aid and Research Foundation is a registered medical NGO and non-profit Charitable Organization established with a zealous endeavor of striving endlessly towards the welfare of underprivileged cancer patients, without distinction of caste or religion.

National Institute of Naturopathy, Pune under Government of India, Ministry of Ayush.

This website shares the information and research that is being conducted on CBD with a goal to change the negative perception that surrounds cannabidiol, a naturally occurring cannabinoid that is found in the stalk, seeds, and flowers of cannabis plants.

This website posts information on books, studies and other resources related to brain tumors.

This open access resource provides the National Cancer Institute’s PDQ summaries for integrative, complementary and alternative therapies. Although the resource targets healthcare professionals, patient versions of the summaries are also provided.

by Martin L. Rossman, MD
Dr. Martin L. Rossman shows cancer patients how to use imagery in specific ways that can help them in their fight against cancer. The Fighting Cancer from Within book and 5 CD set were specifically designed to help cancer patients work from within to support their own healing, and are compatible with any other form of treatment.

  • Healing Circles
  • by Martin L. Rossman, MD
    The goal of Healing Circles is to provide training, resources, conversation, and community that address four needs of people with cancer:

    • finding meaning and community in life with cancer
    • strengthening health and healing practices
    • navigating medical and integrative cancer therapies, and 4) facing suffering, death and dying

This is a free, private support community for caregivers of people facing cancer. It includes an online tool that helps organize the community of people who want to help caregivers.

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®), a not-for-profit alliance of 27 leading cancer centers devoted to patient care, research, and education. NCCN is dedicated to improving the quality, effectiveness and efficiency of cancer care so that patients can live better lives. Through the leadership and expertise of clinical professionals at NCCN Member Institutions, NCCN develops resources that present valuable information to the numerous stakeholders in the healthcare delivery system.

The NCCN Guidelines for Patients® and NCCN Quick Guide™ sheets are based on the same treatment information your doctors use and help you talk to your doctor about the best treatment options for your disease. Guidelines are provided for treatments for specific cancers, for supportive care and for screening. Some guides are available in languages other than English.

by Julie Lusk, MEd
This website contains information about workshops, resource materials and professional training on stress management, wellness promotion, and mind-body techniques and strategies.

by Dr. Leslie Schover
This website provides resources on finding a sexuality specialist, help with fertility issues, issues related to reproductive health and cancer, sexual health products and general cancer information

Credits: BCCT (Beyond Conventional Cancer Therapies)

by Gerald Lemole, MD; Pallav Mehta, MD; and Dwight McKee, MD
According to Drs. Lemole, Mehta, and McKee, your choices in diet, exercise, and even relationships can help determine your propensity for relapse. With more than three decades of post-cancer-care experience, the doctors create practical takeaways based on science so that readers will drastically improve their quality of life to enjoy many years of cancer-free serenity.

by Norman Cousins
This book is described as “the first book by a patient that spoke to our current interest in taking charge of our own health,” starting the revolution in patients working with their doctors and using humor to boost their bodies’ capacity for healing.

by Lorenzo Cohen and Alison Jefferies
Introducing the concept of the “Mix of Six,” Cohen and Jefferies make an informed case that building social and emotional support; manag­ing stress; improving sleep, exercise, and diet; and minimizing exposure to environmental toxins work together to promote an optimal environment for health and well-being.

by Lawrence LeShan, PhD
In this book psychiatrist Lawrence LeShan shows how psychological and lifestyle changes, coupled with medical treatment, can mobilize a compromised immune system for healing.

by Peter S. Houts, PhD, and Julia A. Bucher, RN, PhD
Written for caregivers, this updated and revised version of Home Care Guide for Cancer explains each major kind of cancer treatment, obstacles to recovery, when it is time to call in professional help, plentiful examples of how individuals can help their loved ones, and how to adjust your plan of action as needed.

by Michael Lerner
This book is written for you—someone with cancer who wants to understand the many choices available to you in both conventional medicine and alternative therapies. It is also for your family members, friends, and healthcare professionals, but primarily it is for you. It is a book about how to find your way through the unfamiliar and often frightening territory that you face when you are diagnosed with cancer.

by Martin L. Rossman, MD
Dr. Martin L. Rossman shows cancer patients how to use imagery in specific ways that can help them in their fight against cancer. The Fighting Cancer from Within book and 5 CD set were specifically designed to help cancer patients work from within to support their own healing, and are compatible with any other form of treatment.

by O. Carl Simonton, MD, James Creighton, PhD, and Stephanie Matthews Simonton
In this book the Simontons profile the typical “cancer personality”: how an individual’s reactions to stress and other emotional factors can contribute to the onset and progress of cancer—and how positive expectations, self-awareness, and self-care can contribute to survival.

by Norman Cousins
This book is described as “an eloquent plea for two needed emphases: more humane doctor-patient relations, and greater patient involvement in the struggle with disease.”

by Carole O’Toole and Carolyn B. Hendricks
This book provides information on complementary therapies, including acupuncture, massage, homeopathy and meditative practices, and discusses how to integrate these therapies with conventional cancer treatments.

by Editors: Iris F. F. Benzie and Sissi Wachtel-Galor
Drawing from the work of leading international researchers in different fields, this book contains an in-depth scientific examination of effects of individual herbs, as well as their use in the treatment of important diseases such as cancer. This volume focuses on presenting current scientific evidence of biomolecular effects of selected herbs and their relation to clinical outcome and promotion of human health. This book also addresses the ethical challenges of using herbal medicine and its integration into modern, evidence-based medicine.

by Jeanne Achterberg
This book describes how the systematic use of mental imagery can have a positive influence on the course of disease and can help patients to cope with pain.

by Donald I. Abrams, MD, and Andrew T. Weil, MD
This book provides complementary interventions to conventional cancer care, Including the hot topics of cannabinoids, antioxidents, energy medicine. and nutrition. New chapters have been added to this edition.

by Keith I. Block, MDD
Dr. Keith Block describes the Block program for fighting cancer to people who are at different places along the cancer continuum. Dr. Block’s evidence-based program is explained in easy-to-understand language that patients can implement both by themselves as well as with the assistance of their healthcare provider. Dr. Block includes in-depth descriptions of lifestyle practices as well as complementary therapies that are designed to enhance conventional cancer treatment, minimize side effects, and possibly prevent recurrence.

by Joan Borysenko, PhDD
This book provides time-tested tips on how to take control of physical and emotional well-being, drawing from success with thousands of patients with conditions ranging from allergies to cancer. Tips provide guidance on how to elicit the mind’s powerful relaxation response to boost the immune system, cope with chronic pain, and alleviate symptoms of a host of stress-related illnesses.

by Glenn Sabin with Dawn Lemanne, MD, MPH
In N of 1, author Glenn Sabin takes readers along his journey with ‘incurable’ cancer, where he discovers 1) No two cancers are exacttarget=”_blank”ly alike. Our bodies, minds and diseases are unique, and need to be treated as such. 2) Knowledge and empowerment are your best allies against a life-limiting diagnosis. 3) Lifestyle changes are a powerful way to help prevent, manage and reduce the recurrence of disease–and to improve your quality of life. 4) A strong support system and a clear mind may significantly improve your health.

by Neil McKinney, BSc, ND
Informed by 30 years of practice and teaching naturopathic and traditional Chinese medicine, this guide to clinical success with cancer adds new therapies, new chapters, refinements of protocols, expanded references.

by Jeanne Achterberg and Barbara Dossey
This book is described as “a practical guide to using the powers of the mind and the imagination to form rituals that can help the body restore and maintain health.”

by Rebecca Katz, MS, with Mat Edelson
Featuring science-based, nutrient-rich recipes that are easy to prepare and designed to give patients a much-needed boost by stimulating appetite and addressing treatment side effects, this updated award-winning cookbook brings the healing power of delicious, nutritious foods to those whose hearts and bodies crave a revitalizing meal

by Lise Alschuler, ND, FABNO, and Karolyn Gazella
Naturopathic oncologist Lise Alschuler and health writer Karolyn Gazella have written this book for those who have been diagnosed with cancer and their loved ones. “Compassionate while reflecting the most recent science, this book offers a thorough examination of integrative cancer prevention and treatment in an accessible and practical manner. Readers will develop a better understanding of what cancer is, what causes it, how to best prevent it, and how to include complementary therapies into their treatment.” Naturopathic therapies are provided for a number of specific cancers.

by Ted Schettler, MD, MPH
In addition to risk factors associated with hormone levels and reproductive development and history, many other, multi-level environmental variables also interact with human breast biology. In considering breast cancer as an ecological disorder, this book reviews and summarizes a large scientific literature and draws practical conclusions to stimulate more widespread efforts to prevent this disease and improve outcomes after diagnosis and treatment.

by O. Carl Simonton, MD, and Reid Henson with Brenda Hampton
Dr. Simonton walks readers through an abbreviated five-day Simonton Patient Program, including a patient’s private journey with cancer, using tools at the heart of the Simonton Program to get and stay well.

by Jeremy R. Geffen, MD, FACP
Board-certified oncologist Jeremy Geffen, MD, has spent more than fifteen years providing treatment, guidance, and care for thousands of cancer patients and their families. In this groundbreaking work, he offers real and inspiring solutions to the unique challenges encountered on the cancer journey, while honoring and caring for the whole person—and his or her entire family—at every step along the way.

by Jessica Iannotta and Susan Bratton
This cookbook shares healthy, easy-to-prepare recipes that not only taste delicious but also mitigate the many side effects of cancer treatment.

by Clifton Leaf
Over the past half century, deaths from heart disease, stroke, and so many other killers have fallen dramatically. But cancer continues to kill with abandon. A decade ago, Clifton Leaf, a celebrated journalist and a cancer survivor himself, began to investigate why we had made such limited progress fighting this terrifying disease. The result is a narrative that reveals why the public’s immense investment in research has been badly misspent, why scientists seldom collaborate and share their data, why new drugs are so expensive yet routinely fail, and why our best hope for progress—brilliant young scientists—are now abandoning the search for a cure.”

Credits: BCCT (Beyond Conventional Cancer Therapies)

This international, peer-reviewed, open access journal seeks to understand the sources and to encourage rigorous research in the new, yet ancient, world of complementary and alternative medicine. Authors typically pay an article process charge when an article is accepted for publication.

Integrative Cancer Therapies (ICT) is a peer-reviewed quarterly journal focused on a comprehensive model of integrative cancer treatment that embraces both conventional health care and integrative therapies such as diet, lifestyle, exercise, stress care and nutritional supplementation. Various alternative therapies and innovative research areas such as circadian biology of cancer and cancer treatment, broad-spectrum molecular cancer therapies, phytochemical pharmacology and other cutting-edge topics in natural therapeutics development are also explored in this journal. This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

by April Stearns
Wildfire is an online magazine for young women with breast cancer. WILDFIRE is the creator/editor’s response to fill the need for real discussion on real topics. Each issue contains written and visual work from young women survivors. Each issue is on a theme. Paid subscription is required to access articles.

Credits: BCCT (Beyond Conventional Cancer Therapies)

by Fang Fu, Huaijuan Zhao, Feng Tong, and Iris Chi
This systematic review found that paired-intervention targeting self-care and interpersonal connections of caregivers and symptom management of patients is effective in improving quality of life and alleviating depression of cancer caregivers while music therapy is helpful for reducing anxiety of cancer caregivers.

by Jun J. Mao
This article introduces the November 2017 issue of the NCI Monographs, which was devoted to the global impact of integrative oncology.

by Donald I. Abrams, MD
Donald Abrams discusses historical and current uses of cannabis in cancer therapies, as well as research and observational findings.

This review uses a systematic approach to examine all the relevant evidence using predetermined criteria and assembled an international group of experts who, having brought their own knowledge to bear and having debated their disagreements, arrived at judgments as to what this evidence means.

by Donald I. Abrams, MD
Donald Abrams summarizes the uses of cannabis for symptom management and anticancer therapy in clinical practice.

by The Tracey Birnhak Nutritional Counseling Services
This post includes information on research regarding consumption of soy foods and supplements by breast cancer survivors, including recommended serving sizes.

by Ann Pietrangelo and Kristeen Cherney
This brief article summarizes the side effects of chemotherapy for patients.

by Ralph Moss, PhD
The Moss Reports contain comprehensive, up-to-date information on conventional, integrative, experimental, complementary, dietary and alternative cancer treatments, detailed for the 27 most common cancer diagnoses.

by Jeremy R. Geffen, MD, FACP
Dr. Geffen describes the seven fundamental areas of inquiry and exploration universally encountered .
on the journey through cancer and other serious challenges—The Seven Levels of Healing®.

by Donald I. Abrams, MD
In this brief article, Donald Abrams addresses several questions for fellow oncologists: How has medical cannabis been utilized in clinical practice? Does mode of administration (inhalation vs oral consumption) matter? What are the obstacles to obtaining medical cannabis? How can oncologists educate themselves about medical cannabis?

Credits: BCCT (Beyond Conventional Cancer Therapies)

This brief video describes for non-scientists the mechanisms and findings regarding the effects of concentrates of four superfoods (green tea, turmeric, pomegranate and broccoli) on prostate cancer proliferation.

by Donna Wilson
Fitness expert Donna Wilson emphasizes the importance of exercise in recovering from cancer treatment.

by David Zuniga, PhD
The video is a guided visualization meditation for patients who have cancer and their caregivers.

by Donald Abrams, MD
This four-video series records a day-long training with Donald Abrams, MD, one of the nation’s foremost integrative cancer care authorities. The training is designed for health professionals and for cancer advocates and navigators dedicated to helping others with informed choice in cancer. This training is part of Healing Circles, a new Commonweal curriculum for health professionals and others dedicated to enhancing supportive programs for people with cancer. Each of Dr. Abrams’ presentations is followed by a conversation with Commonweal’s Michael Lerner.

by Jeremy R. Geffen, MD, FACP
This video is a recording of Dr. Geffen’s presentation “Seven Levels of Healing” at the Cancer as a Turning Point Conference in Seattle, Washington, in July 2006.

by Jeremy R. Geffen, MD, FACP
In this excerpt from his best selling DVD, The Seven Levels of Healing, Dr. Geffen discusses how rollercoaster emotions affect a patient’s journey through cancer and what can happen when we find the courage to embrace these emotions and bring them into the light of awareness.

by Erlene Chiang
The New School host Michael Lerner conversed with Master Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner Erlene Chiang. The conversation explored Erlene’s work treating cancer and working with grief as well as a qigong presentation by Master Hui Chiang.

by Yang Yang, PhD
Integrative medicine specialist Yang Yang describes the benefits of qigong for cancer survivors, demonstrating exercises and meditation.

by Dominic Hill
This film follows three long-term survivors of the most lethal cancer known to medicine, a primary brain tumor called glioblastoma multiforme. Each rejected their conventional oncologists’ prognosis that survival beyond a few months was highly unlikely, and each researched options and created a “cocktail” of pharmaceutical and complementary therapies.

by Michele Schuman
Massage therapist Michele Schuman discusses the use of massage to relieve pain and other symptoms.

Neuroscientist David Servan-Schreiber discovered his own brain tumor during MRI research. He set out to gather as ‘much information as I could to see what I could do to help my body fight and resist cancer.’

Specialists from Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Integrative Medicine Service demonstrate breathing and strengthening techniques to help patients recover in the hospital or at home.

Credits: BCCT (Beyond Conventional Cancer Therapies)

BRECONDA is an online tool that aims to help women make decisions about breast reconstruction.

AICR’s Cancer Health Check lets you learn more about your lifestyle choices and how you can stack the odds in your favor. By asking 11 questions including information about what you eat and how active you are, AICR gives advice based on the latest scientific research.

The Distress Thermometer is a tool for assessing and communicating a patient’s or caregiver’s level of distress with their healthcare teams.

Credits: BCCT (Beyond Conventional Cancer Therapies)