The Complete Guide to Complementary Therapies in Cancer Care: Essential Information for Patients, Survivors and Health Professionals by Barrie R Cassileth <b>PhD</b>

The Complete Guide to Complementary Therapies in Cancer Care: Essential Information for Patients…

byBarrie R Cassileth <b>PhD</b>

Kobo ebook | July 18, 2011

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With recent clinical advances, millions of people survive many years after a cancer diagnosis. And while their physicians deliver conventional, evidence-based therapies to treat the cancer, sometimes the cancer patient and his or her symptoms are not treated with equal skill.

To manage their physical and emotional symptoms and promote health and well-being, most cancer patients and survivors use complementary therapies: Naturopathy, Ayurveda, herbalism, homeopathy, hypnosis, yoga, acupuncture, music therapy, macrobiotics, chelation therapy, colonics, hydrotherapy and many, many more. But … are they safe? Are they effective? What problems do they address? What are the risks? When can they help?

This unique and comprehensive book guides the way through the often confusing maze of complementary and alternative therapies promoted to cancer patients and survivors. The functions, benefits, backgrounds and risks are clearly presented. Learning when, if and how to use them provides medical professionals, cancer patients and survivors with the information they need to better control the symptoms and side effects of cancer and its treatment. Unfortunately, using some of these therapies without this expert guidance can lead to medical complications, or worse.

The Complete Guide to Complementary Therapies in Cancer Care is an invaluable resource in making educated health care decisions for managing life during and after cancer. Through the wise and informed use of these approaches, cancer patients — whether just-diagnosed, during treatment or throughout Survivership are better able to manage the physical and emotional stresses that accompany cancer, leading to symptom control and improved quality of life.


  • Ancient Routes to Health and Spiritual Fulfillment:

    • Acupuncture
    • Ayurveda
    • Chinese Medicine, Traditional (TCM)
    • Homeopathy
    • Native American Healing
    • Naturopathic Medicine
  • Dietary and Herbal Remedies:

    • Regulatory Issues: Who's Minding the Store?
    • Dietary Supplements
    • Fasting and Juice Therapies
    • Flower Remedies
    • Herbal Medicine
    • Macrobiotics
    • Vegetarianism
  • Mind-Body Therapies:

    • Biofeedback
    • Hypnosis and Self-Hypnosis
    • Imagery and Visualization
    • Meditation
    • Placebo Effect
    • Qigong
    • Tai Chi
    • Yoga
  • Gaining Strength Through Bodywork:

    • Acupressure
    • Alexander Technique and Pilates
    • Hydrotherapy
    • Massage Therapy
    • Physical Fitness
    • Reflexology
    • Rolfing
  • Enhancing Well-Being Through the Senses:

    • Aromatherapy
    • Art Therapy
    • Dance Therapy
    • Humor Therapy
    • Light Therapy
    • Music Therapy
    • Sound Therapy
  • “Alternative” (Unproven or Disproved) Treatments Taken Internally:

    • Apitherapy
    • Biological Cancer Treatments
    • Biological Dentistry
    • Cell Therapy
    • Chelation Therapy
    • Colon/Detoxification Therapies
    • Craniosacral Therapy
    • Enzyme Therapy
    • Metabolic Therapies
    • Neural Therapy
    • Oxygen Therapies
    • Shark and Bovine Cartilage Therapies
  • “Alternative” External Energy Therapies:

    • Chiropractic
    • Crystal Healing
    • Electromagnetic Therapies
    • Faith Healing
    • Kirlian Photography
    • Prayer and Spirituality
    • Shamanism
    • Therapeutic Touch

Readership: Cancer patients, their family members, and the professionals who provide cancer care.
Key Features:

  • There are hundreds of books about complementary and/or alternative therapies. Many focus specifically on cancer. However, few address these issues in a definitive, evidence-based fashion, clearly indicating what research tells us, and none comes from Memorial Sloan-Kettering, one of, if not the leading cancer center in the world
Title:The Complete Guide to Complementary Therapies in Cancer Care: Essential Information for Patients…Format:Kobo ebookPublished:July 18, 2011Publisher:World Scientific Publishing CompanyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:981438397X

ISBN - 13:9789814383974

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