"Although the mainstream therapies of chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery often do reduce tumor burden, these therapies do not change the underlying causes of the disease. Given the blatant failures of conventional cancer therapies, it is imperative that we examine optional and complementary therapies to assist the swelling ranks of American cancer patients. These therapies need to be considered earlier, rather than as a last resort by cancer patients."
Life Extension Foundation
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.
Diagnosis: Cancer, Some Do’s and Don’ts
Ten Strong Suggestions on How to Cope with Cancer.
Pros and Cons of Researching Your Cancer
by Steve Dunn
"Cancer specialists have over a hundred kinds of cancer to keep up on, and for each of these cancers there are many different situations, each demanding different treatment. No doctor, no matter how dedicated, can possibly keep up on every promising new development for every type of cancer. As a patient, you only have to research one kind of cancer and one situation - yours. Although you don't have the training and expertise of a physician, you do have the advantage of having a lot more time to spend on your one case."
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."
The New England Journal of Medicine - May 29, 1997
"The war against cancer is far from over. Observed changes in mortality due to cancer primarily reflect changing incidence or early detection. The effect of new treatments for cancer on mortality has been largely disappointing. The most promising approach to the control of cancer is a national commitment to prevention, with a concomitant rebalancing of the focus and funding of research."
Milk and the Cancer Connection
by International Health News
"Despite assurances from the FDA and industry-paid consultants there are now just too many serious questions surrounding the use of milk from cows treated with synthetic growth hormone to allow its continued sale."
Preventing Colorectal Cancer
by Dr. Joseph A. Debé
"Some of the more important risk factors for colorectal cancer appear to be: excessive energy intake (eating too much), high fat-low fiber-high sugar diet, red meats (especially heavily browned meat from frying at high temperature), refined grains (bread, pasta, many cereals, potatoes, cakes, desserts), alcohol, omega 6 fatty acids and trans fatty acids (found in hydrogenated vegetable oils which are ubiquitous in convenience foods), iron, physical inactivity, obesity, constipation, colonic inflammation, and family history of colorectal cancer or polyps."
Foods for Cancer
by the Physicians Committee for Responsible
"A cancer-prevention diet is one that is high in fiber, low in fat (especially animal fat), and includes generous portions of fruits and vegetables. It also minimizes or excludes alcohol. The best diets are pure vegetarian diets."
Proposed Common Cause and Cure for All Forms of Cancer
by David W. Gregg, Ph.D.
"Cancer does not cause cells to turn anaerobic, but rather it is stabilized anaerobic metabolism that is the single cause (or essential requirement) that turns the normal cells that depend on aerobic metabolism into cancer cells. The proposed cure, as an alternative to protocols that focus on killing the cancer cells, is to restart aerobic metabolism which allows the cells to revert back to being quasi-normal cells again." Recommended.
Articles from Cancer Conquest
by Milton W. White, M.D.
Original concepts on the cause of cancer.
from a Cancer Survivor
by Richard Bloch
"Fighting cancer is not a simple matter of thinking positively, wishing it away and saying, "Hey, doc, cure me." It is a matter of knowledge. It is a matter of educating yourself about every detail and mustering all your resources."
One Patient's Recovery from Lymphoma
by A. Hoffer, M.D., Ph.D.
Patients Treated With Non-Toxic Therapies and Nutrition
from Cancer Control Society
These patients have generously agreed to share their experiences.
from Life Extension Foundation
"Choosing the best chemotherapy drugs, making chemotherapy drugs work more effectively, going beyond chemotherapy, mitigation of chemotherapy side effects,
anti-nausea drugs for chemotherapy patients, natural approaches to enhancing chemotherapy efficacy."
"Our objective in conveying this large body of data is to provide chemotherapy patients with a better opportunity to beat cancer and minimize toxic side effects. We advocate that you follow a protocol based on a wide range of individual considerations, including the results of chemosensitivity and immunohistochemistry testing recommended at the beginning of this protocol. Information on your tumor cells obtained by these tests will help determine therapies most likely to work for you. In addition to these tumor cell tests, and based on your particular medical situation, you and your healthcare team will need to design a program specific to your needs and tolerances."
Cancer Treatment: The Critical Factors
from Life Extension Foundation
"In this protocol, we discuss the following eight critical steps that may significantly improve a successful outcome when considered in the treatment of most cancers:
Evaluating the molecular biology of the tumor cell population, analyzing the patient's living tumor cells to determine sensitivity or resistance to chemotherapy, protecting against anemia, inhibiting the cyclooxygenase-2 (cox-2) enzyme, suppressing ras oncogene expression, correcting coagulation abnormalities, maintaining bone integrity,
Antioxidants with Radiation and Chemotherapy: Pros And Cons
from Comprehensive Cancer Care 2001
Cell Culture Drug Resistance Testing / Chemo-Sensitivity Tests
by Gregory D. Pawelski
"There have been over 40 publications in peer-reviewed medical literature showing correlations between cell-death assay test results and the results of clinical chemotherapy in more than 2,000 patients. In every single study, patients treated with drugs active in the assays had a higher response rate than the entire group of patients as a whole. In every single study, patients treated with drugs inactive in the assays had lower response rates than the entire group of patients. In every single study, patients treated with active drugs were much more likely to respond than patients treated with inactive drugs, with assay-active drugs being 7 to 9 times more likely to work than assay-inactive drugs. A large number of peer-review publications also reported that patients treated with assay-tested "active" drugs enjoyed significantly longer survival of cancer than patients with assay-tested "negative" drugs."
IMPATH Physician and Analytical Services
"Our Physician Services uses sophisticated technologies to provide patient-specific cancer diagnostic and prognostic information to more than 9,000 pathologists and oncologists in over 2,400 hospitals and oncology practices."
"Rational Therapeutics develops and provides cancer therapy recommendations, which have been designed specifically for each patient. Following the collection of living cancer cells obtained at the time of biopsy or surgery, Rational Therapeutics performs an EVA™ (Ex-Vivo Assay) on your tumor sample to measure drug activity (sensitivity and resistance). This will determine exactly which drug(s) will be most effective for YOU. We then make our treatment recommendation. The treatment program developed through this approach is known as 'assay-directed therapy.'"
Questions For Your Oncologist
"Here are eight questions to consider when you are discussing cancer treatment options with your doctors."
Insulin Potentiation Therapy
Insulin Potentiation Therapy
by Chris Duffield, Ph.D.
"IPT (Insulin Potentiation Therapy) is a simple medical procedure that uses the hormone insulin, followed by glucose, to deliver drugs better, and to make them work more effectively, in smaller doses, with reduced or no side effects."
Insulin Potentiation Therapy
by Steven G. Ayre, M.D.
"Insulin Potentiation Therapy (IPT) is a new approach to treating cancer that involves no new drug products. The therapy uses insulin, and takes advantage of the powerful, cell-killing effects of ordinary chemotherapy drugs, used in very low doses."
IPT: A New Concept in the Management of Chronic Degenerative Disease
by S. G. Ayre, M.D., D. Perez Garcia y Bellon and D. Perez Garcia, Jr.
"In insulin potentiation therapy the hormone insulin is used as an adjunct in the medical management of the chronic degenerative diseases, including malignant neoplasia. In this, the recognized physiological action of insulin - that of increasing cell membrane permeability is taken advantage of to potentiate the pharmacological actions of medications administered concurrently in the therapy."
Insulin Potentiation Therapy
from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
"IPT remains an unproven cancer therapy until there are more studies available to validate its benefit."
Advice from Jonathan Chamberlain Whose Wife Died from Cancer
"Before I give you any advice you must understand that I am not a doctor - nor have I had cancer. I have however, lived and suffered with someone who had cancer. I have also read more books on cancer than most people. That is the basis of my experience - and my qualification to offer advice."
Complementary and Alternative Medicine Approaches to Cancer
by Michael B. Schachter, M.D.
Complementary and Alternative Medicine "approaches to cancer presuppose that the body has the ability to heal itself under the proper circumstances and much less emphasis is placed on destroying the cancer at all costs. Emphasis is placed on building up the body to handle the cancer with relatively non-toxic methods."
Without Chemotherapy or Radiation
by Jonathan Collin, M.D.
Evaluating Alternative Cancer Therapies
Interview with David J. Hess, Ph.D.
Cancer Therapies Go Mainstream from WebMD
Therapy by Richard Walters
from Wellness Directory of Minnesota
Descriptions of many alternative cancer treatments and links
to further information.
Alternative Cancer Treatments Comparison
by Paul Winter
Ranking of alternative treatments.
Cancer Supportive Care Programs
by Ernest H. Rosenbaum, M.D. and David Spiegel, M.D.
Programs to complement surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy
Amino Acid Treatment
by Michael Schachter, M.D.
One Man, Alone: Nicholas Gonzales, M.D.
by Peter Chowka with Kathi Head, N.D.
Pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest forms of the disease. Patients treated conventionally have just 25% one-year and 10% two-year survival rates. The average length of survival is only 5.5 months. Says Gonzalez, "Of 11 patients followed in our trial, eight suffered stage IV disease," the most advanced form, in which the cancer has spread and is considered to be terminal. "Nine lived one year, [of those nine] five lived two years, four lived three years and two have lived longer than four years. In comparison, in a recent trial of the newly approved drug gemcitabine, of 126 patients with pancreatic cancer not a single patient lived longer than 19 months."
7 And 8 From Choices in Healing by Michael Lerner
The Debate over Unconventional Cancer Therapies
A Framework for Evaluating
Unconventional Cancer Therapies
From Cancer Guide by Steve Dunn
Second Opinions: Why, When,
Some Unconventional Mainstream
Hope or Hype?
Questioning Chemotherapy: A Personal Statement
Why We're Losing the War on Cancer
Kudos for Ralph Moss
Interview with Ralph Moss
Intriguing New Anticancer
Compound from East Europe
Bill Henderson's Approach
from Annie Appleseed Project
Bill Henderson's Newsletter Archive
Bill Henderson's Book - Cure Your Cancer
The Cancer Tutor (R. Webster Kehr)
Why Study Alternative Treatments Before You Get Cancer
"If you are new to alternative cancer treatments, start here."
Tutorial For Alternative Treatments For Cancer
"It could be a devastating mistake to simply jump down to the detailed treatment articles without carefully studying the tutorial and understanding how to put together a plan for your situation."
The Ten Commandments of an Alternative Cancer Treatment Program
"Many alternative cancer treatment programs fail because the patient does not comprehend the importance of the foods that are eaten during the treatment program. The treatment plan may fail because the person consumes foods that may cause cancer, foods that may feed the cancer cells, foods that interfere with the treatment program, etc."
Should Alternative Treatments and Orthodox Treatments Be Combined?
"It is very, very important that you understand the difference between using alternative treatments with orthodox medicine, versus using alternative treatments instead of orthodox medicine."
Vitamin C and
Treatment of Cancer: Part I by Gary Null, Ph.D. etc.
C and Treatment of Cancer: Part II by Gary Null, Ph.D. etc.
High Doses of IV Vitamin C Fight Cancer by Kathleen Doheny
Extension Foundation's Protocols
Cancer (Adjuvant) Therapy
Melatonin and Cancer Treatment
"Few people realize that melatonin is a cancer-killing hormone that can enhance the human immune system, protect against the toxic side effects of chemotherapy and radiation therapy, and improve wound healing after cancer surgery. Even fewer are aware of ongoing clinical trials in which melatonin is being used to help cancer patients better manage their disease symptoms, improve their quality of life, and even increase their survival rates."
New Promise for Cancer Prevention and Treatment
"Newly published research confirms that nutrients such as ECGC (a green tea polyphenol), resveratrol, and indole-3-carbinol (I3C) are potent cancer inhibitors and may be valuable in both preventing and treating the disease."
".. Research is moving beyond the idea that eating fruits and vegetables helps prevent cancer, to identifying which compounds in plant food are cancer-preventing agents. Research is now focusing on how —not whether—phyto-compounds inhibit cancer cell growth."
Combination of Theanine with Doxorubicin Inhibits Hepatic Metastasis of M5076 Ovarian Sarcoma
from Clinical Cancer Research
Theanine Enhances Chemotherapy and Reduces Side Effects
from Life Extension Foundation
Sulfate by Ralph W. Moss, Ph.D.
Cancer Research Institute Hydrazine Sulfate Web Site
There are many links to journal articles.
Sulfate: Is It an Anticancer Agent?
by Saul Green, Ph.D.
An opposing view.
Low Dose Naltrexone
Low Dose Naltrexone and Cancer
by Bernard Bihari, M.D.
"Although prospective, controlled clinical trials on LDN in the treatment of cancer are yet to be accomplished, clinical "off-label" use of this medication in over 200 cancer patients suggests that a substantial minority have significantly benefited. LDN has become that rare entity: a scientifically-based alternative cancer treatment."
Protocol for Low-Dose Naltrexone for Cancer
by Michael B. Schachter, M.D.
Cancer Drug (714-X) Getting New Attention
from the BostonChannel.com
Government Review of Alternative Cancer Therapy 714X Goes Forward
by Peter Chowka
from The Woman's Encyclopedia Of Natural Healing by Gary Null,
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
Hints on Using PubMed and MedLine
by Helen Stanbro
From Steve Dunn's CancerGuide
Medical Search Services
Medical Search Services - Advantages and Disadvantages
"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
"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 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
"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."
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. … 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
Patient to Patient, Heart to Heart
"Patient to Patient, Heart to Heart provides peer support for oncology patients. Whether you have just been diagnosed with cancer, or are coping with chemotherapy or radiation, or wondering what life will be like when your active treatments are finished, we can help.
All the volunteers have experienced cancer and its treatment. We help people deal with both the day-to-day practical issues, as well as the harder questions about living with cancer."
Alkalize for Health
Alternative Cancer Treatments Comparison
by Paul Winter
AMC Cancer Research Center
for Cancer Research
American Cancer Society
American Institute for Cancer Research
M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
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.
Association of Cancer Online Resources
Block Center for Integrative Cancer Care
Cancer - Conditions and Diseases, Cancer, Melanoma, Mesothelioma, Skin Cancer, Cancer Treatment
Cancer Answer by Malin Dollinger, M.D.
Practice is now entirely devoted to second opinions.
The Cancer Control Society
"Its mission: to prevent and control cancer and other diseases through Nutrition and Non-Toxic Therapies."
CancerGuide by Steve Dunn
Articles, pointers, advice and an extensive list of links.
Cancer Help Online
"Cancer Help Online provides a comprehensive overview of online resources for cancer and links to thousands of the key cancer related web sites world wide."
A great web site, with information and extensive links.
"Cancer Monthly provides cancer patients with the results of hundreds of therapies for advanced and metastatic cancers so that patients can compare treatments, have more meaningful discussions with their doctors, and ultimately, make more informed treatment decisions."
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."
Cancer Treatment Research Foundation
CTRF is solely focused on identifying and funding innovative science-based clinical cancer research worldwide.
Includes a Tutorial and dozens of articles & links on alternative treatments.
Center for Advancement in Cancer Education
"A not-for-profit cancer education, counseling and referral agency providing nutritional, immunological and psychological resources for cancer prevention, prevention of recurrence, and support during and after treatment."
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."
Commission on Cancer Measures for Quality of Cancer Care for Breast and Colorectal Cancers
from the American College of Surgeons
Commonweal is a health and environmental research institute specializing
in (1) people with cancer and health professionals who work with
people with life-threatening illnesses; (2) children and young
adults with learning and social difficulties, and the childcare
professionals who work with them; and (3) the global search for
a healthy and sustainable future.
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
by Jonathan Chamberlain Whose Wife Died from Cancer
Excellent site, nicely organized. Includes articles, links, book
Integrative Medicine Institute
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.
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
My Cancer News
Cancer treatment search engine with news of treatments and also financial help for cancer patients and families.
National Cancer Institute
National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship
Advocacy and support group.
National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN)
The NCCN is an alliance of 21 of the world’s leading cancer centers "dedicated to improving the quality and effectiveness of care provided to patients with cancer."
OncoLink from UPenn
Reviews by OncoLink staff of various books/videos/audiotapes available
concerning unconventional medical treatments.
Online cancer news and information for patients and health-care
Oregon Medical Press Online
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.
Roberts Review: New Cancer Treatments
Cancer Portal with information on newest treatments (traditional and alternative): newest drugs, cures, research
breakthroughs (sorted by cancer type) from 2500+ medical journals.
University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Travel for Cancer Patients
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
Dr. Hoffman and Dr. Alshuler on Cancer September 20, 2007
click on the picture of the book or the title to order.
Marc Ian Barasch and Caryle Hirshberg, Remarkable
Recovery: What Extraordinary Healings Tell Us About Getting Well
and Staying Well
Bognar, Cancer: Increasing Your Odds for Survival - A Resource Guide
for Integrating Mainstream, Alternative and Complementary Therapies
John Boik, Cancer & Natural Medicine: A Textbook of
Basic Science and Clinical Research
Boik, Natural Compounds in Cancer Therapy
A. Evans, M.D., Making The Right Choice: Treatment Options In Cancer
Gaynor, M.D. and Jerry Hickey, R.Ph., Dr. Gaynor's Cancer Prevention
Chamberlain, Fighting Cancer: A Survival Guide
John Diamond, M.D., Alternative Medicine Definitive Guide To Cancer
R. Geffen, M.D., The Journey Through Cancer: An Oncologist's Seven-Level
Program for Healing and Transforming the Whole Person
Extension Foundation, Disease Prevention and Treatment Protocols.
book has several chapters on Cancer, including mitigating the
toxicity of Chemotherapy and Radiation. Their suggested Treatment
is covered at length.
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
Lerner, Choices in Healing
Moss, Ph.D., Cancer Therapy: The Independent Consumer's Guide
to Non-Toxic Treatment and Prevention.
Moss, Ph.D., Questioning Chemotherapy.
Quillin, Beating Cancer With Nutrition - Revised.
Walters, Options: The Alternative Cancer Therapy Book
Ross A. Hauser, M.D. and Marion A. Hauser, R.D., Treating Cancer with Insulin Potentiation Therapy