Books, DVD’s, Articles
These books are mostly tried and tested, and include a wide range of information about all approaches to cancer treatment.
Cancer Medicine from Nature
The herbal cancer formulas of Edgar Cayce and Harry Hoxsey
By Roger Bloom.
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Customized Cancer Treatment, Ralph W Moss, (Equinox 2010)
Customized Cancer Treatment is the first book for the layperson on chemosensitivity testing. This is a laboratory procedure by which patients and their doctors can discover which drugs are mostly like to work for them and which to avoid. Chemosensitivity testing is very effective at finding the best drugs for each individual. It is a form of personalized treatment. According to Dr. Robert Nagourney, No cancer patient should begin treatment without first reading this book.
Start with Our Top Five Recommended Reading:
(If you’re not a great reader, the first two alone could prove helpful.)
- Beating Cancer With Nutrition, Dr Patrick Quillin, (NTP, Tulsa, 2005, 4th edition).Dr Patrick Quillin is ex-vice President of nutrition for Cancer Treatment Centers of America. This completely revised edition of a 1994 title offers up-to-date information about the human body’s own “host defense mechanisms” in the war on cancer, providing a multidisciplinary approach to treatment based on scientific studies and clinical experience. Quillin has conducted nutrition studies with hundreds of patients in formal clinical settings. He discusses conventional therapies (chemotherapy, surgery), alternative therapies (macrobiotics, herbal and vitamin therapies), and related factors (psychosocial health, drugs, tobacco, immune dysfunctions).
- Getting Well Again, Dr O. Carl Simonton, Stephanie Matthews-Simonton, and James l. Creighton. (Bantam Books, paperback, 1994).A classic based on the Simontons’ experience with hundreds of patients at their world-famous Cancer Counseling and Research Center, Getting Well Again introduces the scientific basis for the “will to live.”
- Remarkable Recovery, Caryle Hirshberg and Marc Ian Barasch, (BCA, 1996).Remarkable recovery occurs more often than is realised. Usually termed “spontaneous remission”, a medical euphemism for “you should have died”, it is not in fact without explanation. The authors, a biochemist and journalist, have made a systematic and scientific study of this phenomenon and have an ongoing central registry of remarkable cases. Their conclusions offer a good prescription for hope.
- The Cancer Directory, Rosy Daniels. (Harper Thorsons, 2005)A comprehensive guide to natural and complementary medicines and clinics for those who have been diagnosed with cancer and wish to know their options. Also by Rosy Daniels, look at Eat to Beat Cancer, (Thorsons, 2003) with recipes and a nutritional guide.
- Living Proof: A Medical Mutiny, Michael Gearin-Tosh, (Simon and Schuster, 2003)An inspiring book written after Gearin-Tosh was diagnosed with bone marrow cancer aged 54. It tells of his quest to manage and overcome his illness with a regime of diet and orthomolecular approaches to his cancer.
The Safe Shopper’s Bible, David Steinman and Samuel S Epstein (Macmillan Reference Books, 1995)
A consumer’s guide to nontoxic household products, cosmetics and food.
Love, Medicine and Miracles, Bernie S Siegel. (Arrow Books Ltd, London, 1988).
Dr Bernie Siegel is a Yale oncologist/surgeon who believes in the fate-determining powers of attitude and hope, – on both the part of the patient and the physician! His long clinical experience, and role as founder of ECAP – Exceptional Cancer Patients – provide many encouraging examples.
Questioning Chemotherapy, Dr Ralph Moss. (Equinox Press, 1995).
Ralph Moss is an ex science writer for Memorial Sloan – Kettering, N.Y.. His book is a dispassionate analysis of the value of chemotherapy. It sorts out the chemotherapeutic sheep from the goats, with a body of impressive scientific evidence, clearly defining the rare cancers where chemotherapy is a cure option, and those cancers, or cancer stages, where it is pointless, and will only produce unnecessary suffering.
Cancer Therapy, Dr Ralph Moss. (Equinox Press, 1996).
A comprehensive guide to all alternative/complementary therapies of note that have some scientific backing.
What to Eat if You have Cancer, Maureen Keane and Daniella Chace. McGraw-Hill; 2 edition (October 4, 2006)
Keane is a nutritionist, cancer survivor, and coauthor of the best-selling Juicing for Life (Avery, 1992), and Chace is a natural-health writer and nutrition educator. Their proposed nutritional therapy is designed to deny cancer the food elements it requires for growth while strengthening the body against the disease and the rigours of its treatment.
A Cancer Therapy, Max Gerson. (Gerson Institute, sixth edition).
Max Gerson was a German doctor who cured Albert Schweizer of TB, using diet, and then went on to develop a diet for the treatment of cancer. In the 1950s he testified before Congress in the U.S. concerning fifty cases of cancer he had cured with his therapy. (His daughter, Charlotte, continues his work in California). Gerson’s diet is rigorous, involving up to 12 fresh, organic fruit and vegetable juices daily, with certain supplements, and detoxification through coffee enemas. There is published evidence that Gerson is of particular benefit to melanoma and ovarian cancer sufferers, who have now been shown to do far better with this than with chemotherapy. Contact the Gerson Society or Institute for more help.
Anatomy of an Illness, Norman Cousins, (W. W. Norton & Co.; New ed. 2005)
This inspiring read is at the forefront of the revolution in patients working with their doctors and using humour to boost their bodies’ capacity for healing. The doctor helped his patient to use his own powers: laughter, courage, and tenacity. The patient mobilised his body’s own natural resources, proving what an effective healing tool the mind can be.
A Time to Heal, Beata Bishop. (Penguin UK; 2nd edition, 1999)
An ex BBC journalist and psychotherapist, the formidable Ms Bishop was cured of untreatable melanoma using the Gerson therapy. This is her account, and a good introduction to Gerson.
Cancer and Vitamin C, Ewan Cameron and Linus Pauling. (Camino Books; Upd Exp edition (April 1993)
Twice Nobel Laureate, Pauling lived to 93 on mega-doses of vitamin C and other supplements, started at age 67. Flawed studies at the Mayo Clinic initially discredited his findings of the value of vitamin C in cancer. But the scientific community ultimately vindicated Pauling.
How to Live Longer and Feel Better, Linus Pauling. (Avon Books N.11, 1987).
Although Linus Pauling has rather a chemist’s view of health, – “Just add a few white powders, and, hey presto!” -, his book is generally informative and helpful. The chapter on cancer contains some dramatic and encouraging case histories.
Cancer Prevention and Nutritional Therapies, Dr Richard Passwater. (Keats Inc. 1987)
Dr Susan Love’s Breast Book, Susan M Love. (Da Capo Lifelong Books; 4 Revised edition Sep 2005)
“The bible of women with breast cancer”, the New York Times.
Say No to Cancer, Patrick Holford, (Piatkus, 1999.)
Diet advice for an anti-cancer diet from the founder of Institute for Optimum Nutrition (ION), a charitable and independent educational trust for the furtherance of education and research in nutrition.
Natural Health, Natural Medicine, Andrew Weil. (Mariner Books, 2005)
A good `bible’ for optimum health from a highly respected integrative health practitioner and writer.
Women’s Cancers: How to Prevent Them, How to Treat Them, How to Beat Them, Kerry A.McGinn, Pamela J.Haylock, eds, (Hunter House (CA); 3 edition Jul 2003)
A good, comprehensive, orthodox book, sympathetically written by two American Oncology nurses, and a useful guide through the medical and psychological cancer maze.
The Cancer Guide, Macmillan Cancer Relief. (Available through Macmillan Charity, Information Line 0845 601 6161).
An excellent, back to basics guide, which tackles medical, practical and emotional/psychological aspects of cancer. The valuable directory lists organisations dealing with specific cancers, as well as more general topics.
Directory of Complementary Therapy Services in UK Cancer Care, Macmillan Cancer Relief (31 May 2002)
Sharks Still Don’t Get Cancer: the continuing story of Shark Cartilage Therapy, Dr William Lane and Linda Lomac. (NU Avery, 1996).
For anyone who wants to learn about shark cartilage and its promising anti-cancer – anti-angiogenesis – effect, currently being widely investigated, by scientists from the Harvard School of Medicine, to the John Radcliffe, Oxford.
Cancer and Nutrition Dr Charles Simone. (Equinox Press).
Dr Charles Simone, of the Simone Cancer Center, is an oncologist trained in three disciplines: radiotherapy, tumour immunology and oncology. Dr Simone treated President Reagan with nutritional therapy and is a prime exemplar of the new U.S. led total approach to cancer treatment. His prescriptions for women with breast cancer are founded on good evidence.
Your Life in Your Hands: Understanding, Preventing and Overcoming Breast Cancer,Professor Jane Plant. (Virgin Press, revised 2007)
Written for the lay person by a scientist, who herself overcame breast cancer after five recurrences and terminal status, and has helped 65 other women to do so, this book reviews all the evidence to date, both epidemiological and research-based, linking breast cancer to the consumption of dairy produce in the West. You will never lift another milkshake again!
See Yourself Well, For People With Cancer, Anne Beattie. (Audiotape, Equinox Press 2005.)
Audiotape for guided visualisation and relaxation: an invaluable aid to carrying out the Simontons’ suggestions.
One Day At A Time: Children Living With Leukemia, Thomas Bergman. (Gareth Stevens Pub 1989)
An Alternative Medicine Definitive Guide to Cancer. Dr W. John Diamond. (Celestial, 2000)
Clear and detailed summaries of virtually every alternative/complementary therapy to date; as well as everything you could possibly want to know about cancer: An essential, easy to use, well-documented key reference book.
Passage to Power: Natural Menopause Revolution, Leslie Kenton, (Vermilion, 1996).
Though not strictly a cancer book, this is illuminating on the link between environment, female hormones and cancer. The many suggestions for the natural treatment of ailments in older women are of lasting health value.
The New Ultrahealth, Leslie Kenton. (Random House, 2000)
In helping to build up a programme for super health and prevention of recurrence, I cannot recommend Leslie Kenton’s books highly enough.
The New Raw Energy, and Raw Energy Recipes Leslie Kenton with Susannah Kenton; Juice High with Russell Cronin, (Ebury Press,1996.)
Imaginative inspiration for super healthy eating, with or without cancer.
(Note: With respect to raw food, please bear in mind that this may not suit everybody. There is a school of thought in nutrition, derived largely perhaps from Ayurvedic medicine, that individual ideal dietary requirements may also be determined, in part, by what your ancestors ate in their place of origin, and by your blood group, or metabolic type.
Understanding Cancer: A Patient’s Guide to Diagnosis, Prognosis and Treatment.Edward C Halperin and C Norman Coleman, (Hopkins Fulfillment Service; 2 edition 2006)
Immunopower, Dr Patrick Quillin. (Nutrition Times Press Inc 1999)
The authorised biography of every cancer-fighting nutritional substance known to science.
Herbs Against Cancer, Dr Ralph Moss. (Equinox Press 1998)
Permanent Remissions, Robert Haas, (Simon and Schuster 1997)
The Politics of Cancer Revisited, Dr Samuel Epstien, (East Ridge Press 1998)
Nutritional Oncology, George L Blackburn. (Academic Press 2nd ed. 2006)
This book is not intended for patients or the layman. It is an up-to-date textbook of adjuvant nutritional therapy in cancer, which you may find useful if you have a scientific background. Doctors and oncologists who are unaware of the vast amount of scientific work done in this area, should be encouraged to read this.
You Can Heal Your Life, Louise L Hay, (Hay House Inc, 2004)
Banishing the Blues, Hilary Boyd. (Sterling Publishing, 2001)
The A to Z of easy-to-implement complementary medicine strategies for dealing with Depression, Anxiety and Stress.
Cancer and the Family, Lea Baider, Cary Cooper and Atara Kaplan De-Nour, (Wiley; 2 ed. 2000)
The Melatonin Miracle: Nature’s Age-Reversing, Disease-Fighting, Sex-Enhancing Hormone, Walter Pierpaoli, William Regelson, Carol Colman, (Pocket Books 1996)
Root Canal Cover Up, George E Meinig DDS, (Ojai, CA: Bion Publishing, 1994)
A useful book when considering thorough dental detoxification. If root-canals are part of your dental problems, and you can afford the trip, there is a highly knowledgeable team of specialist biological dentists at the Paracelsus Clinic, St Gallen, Switzerland. However, you must book 3 months in advance.
Complete Stretching: A New Exercise Program for Health and Vitality, Maxine Tobias, (Alfred A Knopf, 1992)
An excellent introduction to Yoga and relaxation.
Comprehensive Cancer Care, James Gordon and Sharon Curtin. (Perseus 2001)
Spiritual, Emotional and Psychological healing
The following list is highly recommended by Dr Patrick Quillin. Pick and choose to suit your needs, time and interest.
The Cancer Conquerer, G Anderson, , (Kansas City, Andrew & McMeel, 1988).
Meaning & Medicine, L Dossey, (New York, Bantam, 1991).
Cancer as a Turning Point: A Handbook for People with Cancer, Their Families, and Health Professionals, L LeShan, (Plume, 1999).
Healing Visualizations: Creating Health Through Imagery, G Epstein, (New York, Bantam, 1989).
Open Mind, Open Heart: The Contemplative Dimension of the Gospel, T Keating, (NY, Amity House, 1986).
How to Meditate, L LeShan, (NY, Bantam, 1974).
Forgiveness: A Bold Choice for a Peaceful Heart, R Casarjian, (NY, Bantam, 1992).
Minding the Body, Mending the Mind, J Borysenko, (NY, Bantam, 1987).
The Healing Journey, O C Simonton & R Henson, (NY, Bantam, 1992).
Why People Don’t Heal and How They Can, C Myss, (Harmony, NY 1997).
Healing the Mind, B Moyers, (NY, Bantam Doubleday, 1993).
The Healing Journey Through Addiction, Phi Rich, Stuart Copans, Your Journal forRecovery and Self-Renewal, (Healing Journey Series, ISBN 0471 382094).
Your Maximum Mind: Changing Your Life by Changing the Way You Think, H Benson, (NY, Random House, 1987).
Head First: The Biology of Hope, N Cousins, (NY, E P Dutton, 1989).
Beyond Negative Thinking: Reclaiming Your Life Through Optimism,J T Martorano & J Kildahl, (NY, Avon, 1989).
Opening Up: The Healing Power of Confiding in Others, J W Pennebaker, (NY, Avon Books, 1990).
Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life, M E P Seligman, (NY, Pocket Books, 1990).
Fire in the Soul, J Borysenko, (NY, Warner, 1993).
And recommended by Dr C. Wheatley:
The Road Less Travelled, M Scott Peck, (Simon & Schuster, 1998)
A Path With Heart, Jack Kornfield, (Bantam Books 1993)
The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle, (Mobius 2005)
Making Wildflower Meadows, Pam Lewis (Frances Lincoln; 1st Francis Lincoln Ed edition (1 May 2003)
- The British Medical Journal is an excellent place to start any health research, with a first-rate search facility.
- e-CAM (Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine)
- Complementary Therapies in Medicine
- FACT, Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies
A quarterly review journal that aims to present the evidence on complementary and alternative medicine in an analytical and impartial manner.
- Icon online magazine
- Integrative Cancer Therapies
- Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine
- Journal of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine
- Journal of Orthomolecular Oncology
- The Lancet
- Life Extensions Magazine
Great source of in depth new health and medical research from around the world. Very good for supplement information and research.
- The Moss Reports
A cancer information service, founded by Ralph W Moss, with rigorous up to the minute research and evaluation of alternative treatments for cancer sent to you by email.
- What Doctors Don’t Tell You
Health information and research newsletter
Pain Control articles:
- The Tragedy of Needless Pain, Ronald Melzack, Scientific American, Vol 262, No.2, pages 27-33, February 1990
- Current and Emerging Issues in Cancer Pain: Research and Practice, edited by C R Chapman and K M Foley, Raven Press, 1993
- Management of Cancer Pain: Adults, AHCPR Publication No. 94-0593, Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, March 1994
- Questions and Answers about Pain Control, NIH publication No. 95-3264, National Cancer Institute, 1995
- Science Daily – pain control articles
- Pain: The Science of Suffering, Patrick Wall, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1999. ISBN 0297 842552
- World Health Organizaton’s Cancer Pain Relief Program
- Medscape’s Cancer Pain Management Resource Center
- Pain management information by MedicineNet