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:
We recommend everyone follow our general health maintenance and antioxidant supplements protocol.
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:
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.
University of Texas Houston Center for Alternative Medicine
American Botanical Council and Herb Research Foundation
Am. College for Advancement in Medicine
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
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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.