Another very helpful book on strategies to complement conventional cancer care

The second most helpful book I found on strategies that complemented my wife’s conventional cancer care (after Life Over Cancer by Dr. Keith Block) is Anticancer, A New Way of Life, New Edition by Dr. David Servan-Schreiber. While not a cancer professional (he is a neuropsychiatrist by profession) Dr. Servan-Schreiber is a scientist and takes a scientific approach to the subject (while doing it in a very readable style). The author was highly motivated to find answers to why cancer occurs (and often recurs) and what patients can proactively do to aid in their recovery (as opposed to passively waiting for conventional cancer care to do it all). He was diagnosed with a walnut sized brain tumor. After conventional cancer treatment alone, it went into remission then recurred.

The author conveys the emotions he experienced on initial diagnosis, during treatment and after recurrence. He also writes of the struggles of people he met during his research on cancer. So the book does a good job of adding an interesting human element to a subject that is often submerged in dry statistics and big words.

It also has a 15 page center section titled Cancer Action that’s filled with condensed, quickly actionable  lifestyle and diet strategies you can consider adopting immediately to prevent cancer or aid in recovery and management of the disease.

While conventional care is valuable in dealing with the symptoms of cancer ( for example by debulking tumors through surgery or chemo) it does little or nothing to permanently adjust the biochemical conditions in the body which caused those symptoms in the first place.

If you don’t like reading or are too weak to read much there is also an audiobook version (Anticancer: A New Way of Life), and a PBS presentation on DVD with the same title (Anti Cancer With Dr David Servan-Schreiber). I bought all three and found each of them helpful in getting a better grip on why cancer happened to my wife and many things we could do to help in managing her illness and extending her life.

Chapters that I found especially helpful:

Chapter 2: Escaping Statistics

Chapter 4: Cancer’s Weaknesses

Chapter 6: The Anticancer Environment

Chapter 8: Anticancer Foods

Chapter 9: The Anticancer Mind

Chapter 11: The Anticancer Body

Some quotes from the book:

All of us have cancer cells in our bodies. But not all of us will develop cancer. (From the cover)

When Richard Beliveau talks about Western diets in light of these finding, he is distressed.”With all I’ve learned over these years of research, If I were asked to design a diet today that promoted the development of cancer to the maximum, I couldn’t improve on our present diet!”


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