Illnesses

Brain Cancer

"One needs to realize a survival prognosis is usually based on statistics and not on a particular patient's condition, treatment strategy, attitude and faith. There is hope for everyone that they may become a long term survivor."   Brain Tumor Survivor, Steve DePesa

Alternative cancer treatments are controversial. There are no easy answers, so do your own research, and consult your doctor(s). SavvyPatients.com does not endorse any particular treatment mentioned in the articles presented here.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Diagnosis: Cancer, Some Doís and Doníts
by CANHELP
Ten Strong Suggestions on How to Cope with Cancer.

Basic Information on Cancer
by Steve Dunn
"You needn't understand every bit of the detailed explanation below to get this information. All you need to do to is to ask your doctor for the medical name of your cancer, the stage of your tumor, which will be a Roman numeral I-IV or recurrent, and maybe the grade, and also for the results of any special tests that were done on your tumor. (When you ask, it's also helpful to get copies of any operative reports, and any pathology or biopsy reports.) If you do choose to do serious research into the technical literature for your cancer, it will be extremely useful to understand how cancer is classified and staged in general, as well as to understand the staging system for your particular cancer."

Brain Tumor Guide
from the Musella Foundation
Things every brain tumor patient should do, Frequently Asked Questions about Brain Tumors, Interpreting brain tumor statistics, Treatments, Clinical Trials, Choosing a hospital, Choosing a doctor, Insurance, Sexuality and Fertility

Brain Cancer Information From Cancerlinks
A great web site, with information and extensive links.

Articles from American Brain Tumor Association

Recommended

A Primer of Brain Tumors: A Patient's Reference Manual

Dictionary For Brain Tumor Patients

Living With a Brain Tumor

PATIENTS' STORIES

Long Term Survivorship: Four Brain Tumor Patients Tell Their Stories
from the Brain Tumor Society

Brain Tumor Survivors' Stories
from the Musella Foundation
Dozens of Patients, Sorted by Cancer Type

Patients Treated With Non-Toxic Therapies and Nutrition
from Cancer Control Society
These patients have generously agreed to share their experiences.

TREATMENTS/THERAPIES

Fighting Cancer
Advice from Jonathan Chamberlain Whose Wife Died from Cancer

Getting Information on Brain Tumors
from CancerGuide by Steve Dunn
Articles, pointers, advice and an extensive list of links.

Brain Cancer Treatment Information
M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

Noteworthy Treatments For Brain Tumors
from the Musella Foundation

Drug Extends Lives of Brain Cancer Patients
from CancerPage.com

Orphan Drug Status Granted to Brain Tumor Medication
from CancerPage.com

Brain Tumor Clinical Trials

Bill Henderson's Approach
from Annie Appleseed Project

Ralph Moss

Kudos for Ralph Moss, Ph.D.

Interview with Ralph Moss

Intriguing New Anticancer Compound from East Europe
by Ralph Moss, Ph.D.

Moss Reports

Vitamin C

Vitamin C and Treatment of Cancer: Part I
by Gary Null, Ph.D. etc.

Vitamin C and Treatment of Cancer: Part II
by Gary Null, Ph.D. etc.

Life Extension Foundation

Recommended

Cancer Chemotherapy

Cancer Radiation

Cancer Surgery

Cancer (Adjuvant) Therapy

Poly-MVA

Poly-MVA Survivors' Home Page

Poly-MVA
by Paul M. Bingham

A Friendly Skeptic Looks at Poly-MVA - Part 1
by Ralph Moss, Ph.D.

A Friendly Skeptic Looks at Poly-MVA - Part 2
by Ralph Moss, Ph.D.

Hydrazine Sulfate

Hydrazine Sulfate
by Ralph W. Moss, Ph.D.

Syracuse Cancer Research Institute Hydrazine Sulfate Web Site
There are many links to journal articles.

Other Articles

Evaluating Alternative Cancer Therapies:
A provocative new book examines the issues

Interview with David J. Hess, Ph.D.

Gerson Therapy
by Richard Walters

Alternative Cancer Therapies from Wellness Directory of Minnesota
Descriptions of many alternative cancer treatments and links to further information.

Use of Newcastle Disease Virus Vaccine (MTH-68/H) in a Patient With High-grade Glioblastoma
Report of a Case in JAMA

Boron Neutron Capture Therapy
BNCT Program at Harvard/MIT
"BNCT is an investigational form of a two-part radiation therapy which has the potential ability to selectively kill tumor cells embedded within normal tissue."

OTHER RESOURCES

See also Cancer Politics in this web site.

Things to Do For Cancer Patients
by Carol and Lee Law

Cancer Resource Center
from The American Cancer Society

National Library of Medicine MedLine Access

Hints on Using PubMed and MedLine by Helen Stanbro
From Steve Dunn's CancerGuide

Medical Search Services

Medical Search Services - Advantages and Disadvantages
from CancerGuide
"One way to get technical information on your cancer is to pay a professional search service to search medical databases for you. This has both advantages and disadvantages. The main advantage is that you get the expertise of someone who knows how to search. This means that you can be sure you will not fail to get the information you are seeking because of your inexperience in using medical databases - using a medical database effectively is a skill which sometimes rises to the level of an art. Using a search service also means that you don't have to spend your precious time learning how to use a medical database.

One disadvantage is cost. You may pay up to several hundred dollars for a professional search when you could probably do it yourself cheaper."

SERVICES SPECIALIZING IN CONVENTIONAL THERAPIES

Cancer Advisors
"We offer you a medical resource that makes the search for appropriate clinical trial options less difficult and more reliable, based on unbiased advice from experienced oncologists, professional research, and cutting-edge technologies."

Shine On-Line Services
"Schine On-Line Services, Inc., founded by cancer survivor Gary Schine, author of Cancer Cure, gathers information on any and all types of cancer or other illness directly for clients. Our researchers have extensive on-line experience, training from the National Library of Medicine, and other medical database training. We can search the databases for you and provide a report of the current developments in treatment and clinical trials of your particular illness."

SERVICE PROVIDING INFORMATION ON BOTH CONVENTIONAL AND ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES

The Health Resource
"The Health Resource is a medical information service whose expert medical researchers are here to help you and your loved ones learn about all the treatment options for your cancer or other medical condition."

SERVICES SPECIALIZING IN ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES

CANHELP
"CANHELP assists you and your family in making informed, intelligent cancer treatment decisions. We search the world for cutting-edge, conventional and alternative therapies for all types of cancers including the common cancers such as breast, colon, and prostate as well as rare cancers such as carcinoids, Ewing sarcoma etc."

The Moss Reports on Cancer
"Ralph W. Moss, Ph.D. writes detailed reports on optimal treatment for nearly every cancer diagnosis and situation. Many people have found these reports to be an extremely helpful way of rapidly gaining knowledge in a difficult field."

Patient-Matching Services

M. D. Anderson Support Network
Phone: 800 345-6324. They will try to match callers with cancer survivors in their data base.

Association of Cancer Online Resources Mailing Lists
"The ACOR lists are a group of free, unmoderated discussion lists for patients, family, friends, researchers, and physicians, to discuss clinical and non-clinical issues and advances pertaining to all forms of cancer. This includes information about patient experiences, psychosocial issues, new research, clinical trials, and discussions of current treatment practices as well as alternative treatments."

Cancer Hope Network
"At Cancer Hope Network, we provide free, confidential, one-on-one support to people with cancer and their families. We match patients with trained volunteers who have themselves undergone a similar experience. And we provide support and hope, to help patients and families look beyond the diagnosis, cope with treatment, and start living life to its fullest once again."

Friends' Health Connection
A "support network that connects people with similar health problems for the purpose of mutual support. Ö We provide two support networks: our Patient Network connects individuals with health problems; our Caregiver Network connects family members, friends and caregivers of people with health problems."

Med Help International Patient Support Network
A service where patients with similar conditions can exchange medical information and support via e-mail



Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure (ABC2)
"ABC2 funds outstanding and novel translational science that is aimed at the discovery of a cure for brain cancer."

Alkalize for Health

AMC Cancer Research Center

American Association for Cancer Research

American Cancer Society

American Institute for Cancer Research

Annie Appleseed Project
Acts to inform, educate, advocate and raise awareness for cancer patients, family and friends interested in, or using Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

The Brain and Spinal Tumor (Neuro) Center
of the M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

American Brain Tumor Association

M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

Brain Tumor Center of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard

The Brain Tumor Center at Duke

Brain Tumor Section of Cancer Care's Web Page

The Brain Tumor Society

Brain Tumor Foundation of Canada Links For Brain Tumors
by Jim Kenzig, In Loving Memory of his daughter, Kristen

Burzynski Clinic

Burzynski Patient Group

The Cancer Control Society
"Its mission: to prevent and control cancer and other diseases through Nutrition and Non-Toxic Therapies."

Cancer Treatment Centers of America
"Cancer Treatment Centers of America offers the most sophisticated forms of surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy in combination with complementary therapies that include; nutrition, spiritual support, mind-body medicine, and naturopathic medicine."

Clinical Cancer Research
"Publishes original articles describing clinical research on the cellular and molecular characterization, prevention, diagnosis, and therapy of human cancer.  Its focus is on innovative clinical research and translational research which bridges the laboratory and the clinic.  Clinical Cancer Research is especially interested in clinical trials evaluating new treatments for cancer; research on molecular abnormalities that predict incidence, response to therapy, and outcome, and laboratory studies of new drugs and biological agents that will lead to clinical trials in patients."

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Foundation for Advancement in Cancer Therapy (FACT)
Free resource for cancer patients at (212) 741-2790
"A true alternative to conventional cancer therapy focuses first and foremost on the whole body in order to repair the biological breakdown responsible for producing abnormal cells.  A sound repair system takes all body functions into consideration including: nutrition plus the organs of metabolism, lymphatic drainage, glandular function, waste elimination, circulation, stress management, structural balance, etc."

Fighting Cancer: A Survival Guide by Jonathan Chamberlain Whose Wife Died from Cancer
Excellent site, nicely organized. Includes articles, links, book reviews.

Life Extension Foundation
The Life Extension Foundation is the largest organization in the world dedicated to the advancement of breakthrough therapies not being effectively treated by conventional medicine. They are located in Hollywood, Florida and can be reached at 800 841-5433.

National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship
Advocacy and support group.

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Oregon Medical Press Online
Dedicated to using all the scientific tools available to western medicine to uncover the true value of using herbs and other natural compounds in cancer treatment.

Orthomolecular Oncology
"Orthomolecular medicine involves the treatment of disease with natural substances, endemic to the body, vitamins, minerals, herbs and other biological response modifiers. These are often used in enormous doses, to a drug-like intensity. But as they are not drugs, toxicity is largely avoided, and the body can respond in a more positive way."

People Living With Cancer
Patient information website of the American Society of Clinical Oncology

Free Travel for Cancer Patients

AirLifeLine
A national charitable organization of over 1,500 private pilots who fly ambulatory patients who cannot afford the cost of travel to medical facilities for diagnosis and treatment.

Corporate Angel Network
Provides free transportation for cancer patients traveling to and from recognized treatment centers in the United States

RECOMMENDED BOOKS

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John Boik, Cancer & Natural Medicine: A Textbook of Basic Science and Clinical Research.

This is a technical book. For a review by an oncologist click here

John Boik, Natural Compounds in Cancer Therapy
Jonathan Chamberlain, Fighting Cancer: A Survival Guide.

W. John Diamond, M.D., Alternative Medicine Definitive Guide To Cancer.

 

Richard A. Evans, M.D., Making The Right Choice: Treatment Options In Cancer Surgery.

Jeremy R. Geffen, M.D., The Journey Through Cancer: An Oncologist's Seven-Level Program for Healing and Transforming the Whole Person.

 

James S. Gordon, M.D., Comprehensive Cancer Care: Integrating Alternative, Complementary and Conventional Therapies.

David J. Hess, Editor, Evaluating Alternative Cancer Therapies: A Guide to the Science and Politics of an Emerging Medical Field.

 

Michael Lerner, Choices in Healing.

The entire book is available on-line here.

Life Extension Foundation, Disease Prevention and Treatment, 4th Edition.

This book has several chapters on Cancer, including mitigating the toxicity of Chemotherapy and Radiation. Their suggested Treatment is covered at length.

Ralph Moss, Ph.D., Cancer Therapy: The Independent Consumer's Guide to Non-Toxic Treatment and Prevention.

Ralph Moss, Ph.D., Questioning Chemotherapy.

Patrick Quillin, Beating Cancer With Nutrition - Revised.

Richard Walters, Options: The Alternative Cancer Therapy Book.

Ralph Moss, Ph.D., Cancer Therapy: The Independent Consumer's Guide to Non-Toxic Treatment and Prevention.

Ralph Moss, Ph.D., Questioning Chemotherapy.

Tricia Ann Roloff, Navigating Through a Strange Land: A Book for Brain Tumor Patients and Their Families by Tricia Ann

Ben Williams, Ph.D., Surviving "Terminal" Cancer: Clinical Trials, Drug Cocktails, and Other Treatments Your Oncologist Won't Tell You About

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