What are your real choices in cancer therapies and where do you start? How do you find the
trustworthy guidance and Where do you find love, community and support? We understand that Integrative cancer care can be complicated. This section helps you explore these simple, inexpensive and powerful starting places that can make so much difference. There is no single answer, but you can do a great deal to make life better.
Surgery. Radiation. Chemo. Other conventional treatments. Are these your only options? We know
that using alternative therapies alone for curable cancers is dangerous. But we also know that the right blend of complementary and conventional therapies can improve your quality of life, help you do better during treatment, and potentially extend your life as well. We offer that kind of balanced guidance—and the evidence to help you make your choices.
Many types of complementary approaches are used in cancer care. This section organizes the
information about these therapies by name, by type and in many instances by a particular protocol or medical system. We honed in on therapies that meet some combination of three criteria: evidence-informed regarding efficacy and safety, used by patients and practitioners, and accessible & affordable.
The experience of being surrounded by love, family and friends who care about you, and
the kindness of strangers—including doctors and other healers who care for you—is for many an awesomely powerful experience. There is a whole literature on why social support matters. While it is easy for some, others find it difficult to find and even more difficult to receive. Explore this section for more information about caring for yourself and finding support.