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About Mind/Body Consultant Services & Protocols

Protocols: Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment

The increased incidence of various forms of cancer is of concern to many in North America. The topic of cancer prevention and adjunctive treatment is extensive and there are over one hundred different known types of cancer. The information in this document provides only a brief overview of some of the most significant complementary healthcare options for self-care. Different interventions are appropriate depending on the situation, type of cancer and individual health characteristics. In this area of mind/body healthcare it is essential to utilize complementary options such as those below only in conjunction with allopathic medicine and not as a substitute for traditional treatment. We recommend regular medical screening for cancer prevention.

Allopathic medical research has made great strides in cancer treatment. In addition to vast improvements in the efficacy and tolerability of radiation and chemotherapeutic treatments and preventives such as tamoxifen and raloxifene, recent medical advances include:

We recommend the following general reading resources as an initial place to start the learning process about this complex and continually evolving subject:

General Health Maintenance and Antioxidant Supplements

We recommend everyone follow our general health maintenance and antioxidant supplements protocol.

Some Detailed Supplement Descriptions

Anti-Nausea and Pain Management Options

For individuals undergoing radiation and, or chemotherapy treatment nausea and pain management are significant concern. (See also Pain Management Protocol) There are several complementary healthcare options that research studies indicate may be of assistance in these areas. We also recommend:

  1. Acupuncture (pain and nausea)
  2. Hypnosis and Guided Imagery (pain and nausea)
  3. Magnet Therapy (pain)
  4. Massage and Bodywork (pain and nausea)
  5. Relaxation Response Training (pain and nausea)
  6. Electrical Stimulation (including direct or implanted stimulation of periaqueductal gray of brain or spinal cord) (pain)
  7. Aromatic Oil of Lavender (pain)
  8. Hydrotherapy (pain)
  9. Herbs: including Ginger, Phenylalanine and Capsicum

Psychological Self-Care Options

Being diagnosed with cancer can be highly stressful for both the patient and their family. Our office encourages attendance at a cancer support group (often available through local hospitals) or other program. The American Society of Psychosocial Behavioral Oncology/AIDS (212-639-7051) and the National Cancer Institute's Division of Cancer Prevention and Control (301-496-8520) and Cancer Care's telephone support program (800-813-HOPE) are some resources for information on such programs.

Other Compementary Medicine Cancer Care Resources

University of Texas Houston Center for Alternative Medicine

American Botanical Council and Herb Research Foundation

Am. College for Advancement in Medicine

Healing Choices

Commonweal Cancer Help Program

Smith Farm Center for the Healing Arts

Cancer Control Society Resources for Information on Alternative Therapies Center

The Foundation for the Advancement of Innovative Medicine

Integrative Medical Arts Group

Foundation for Advancement in Cancer Therapy

International Association for Cancer Victors and Friends

World Research Foundation

Please also see our page on Hazardous Ingredients In Household Products.

Warnings: The information above is provided for educational purposes and may not be construed as a medical prescription or as a substitute for the advice of your physician. Do not use this product without first consulting your physician especially if you are pregnant or lactating. Be advised that some herbs and dietary supplements can cause severe allergic reactions in some individuals and may also have an adverse result in conjunction with other medications, or treatments. You should regularly consult your physician in matters regarding your health and particularly in respect to symptoms and conditions which may require diagnosis or medical attention. Reevaluate use of this product after 6 months.

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