Cancer Handbooks

More than 100 types of cancer are known, with great variation even in cancers stemming from the same tissue or organ. For instance, triple negative breast cancer behaves differently and is treated differently than breast cancer that is hormone receptor and epidermal growth factor receptor positive.

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Our goal is to help you live as well as you can for as long as you can using the optimal combination of conventional, complementary and integrative therapies and approaches.

You might start with learning about cancer generally and then proceed to your cancer specifically.

Handbooks for Each Type of Cancer

These cancer handbooks provide guidance on a wide range of integrative therapies for specific cancer types. You'll find information about conventional therapies, natural products, off-label drug use, and many other therapies.

Breast Cancer

Open the BREAST CANCER HANDBOOK (has the most up-to-date information)

Open a 118-page printer-formatted version of this handbook.

cover of the Breast Cancer handbook

Open a 2-page quick reference summary of the therapies best supported by evidence for use with breast cancer.

quick reference document

 

Prostate Cancer

open the PROSTATE CANCER HANDBOOK (has the most up-to-date information)

Download a printer-friendly version of this handbook.

Open a 2-page quick reference summary of the therapies best supported by evidence for use with prostate cancer.

quick reference document

 

Ovarian Cancer

open the OVARIAN CANCER HANDBOOK (has the most up-to-date information)

Open a 2-page quick reference summary of the therapies best supported by evidence for use with ovarian cancer:

 

Colorectal Cancer

The full summary will be available in October 2020! Until then, see basic information on the Colorectal cancer page.

New! Open a 2-page quick reference summary of the therapies best supported by evidence for use with colorectal cancer:

 

Upcoming Handbooks

Select from these types of cancer for information and resources. Most of these pages are under development but include general information and many helpful links.

Adrenal cancer

Anal cancer

Bladder cancer

Brain, spine and nervous system tumors

Cervical cancer

Endocrine and neuroendocrine tumors

Esophageal cancer

Gallbladder cancer

Head, neck and oral cancers

Kidney cancer

Leukemia

Liver cancer (hepatocellular cancer)

Lung cancer

Lymphoma

Melanoma

Mesothelioma

Multiple myeloma

Pancreatic cancer

Sarcoma (bone and soft tissue)

Skin cancer, nonmelanoma

Stomach cancer (gastric cancer)

Testicular cancer

Thyroid cancer

Uterine cancer

Vaginal cancer

Synonyms and specific cancers within these broad types are listed on our Types of Cancer page.

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Comments (5)

  1. Nancy Hepp:
    Sep 14, 2020 at 02:53 PM

    Sbusiso,

    The answer to your question is complicated. Usually, a person with stage IV cancer has some major issues such as wasting (cachexia), pain and such, depending on where the cancer and any metastases are. If you have cachexia, for instance, then a basic plant-based diet as suggested in our Eating Well summary may not be adequate. If you are having issues with pain or mobility, then the usual recommendations for moving more may need to be significantly altered.

    The answer also depends on your goal for using diet and lifestyle, whether as an alternative to try and control/cure the cancer or to support your quality of life.

    Do you have access to an integrative practitioner such as an integrative oncology program at a local/regional cancer center? Do you have access to a holistic oncology dietician? How about a palliative care program if you're looking to use diet and lifestyle to manage symptoms/quality of life?

    We suggest you look at the 7 Healing Practices as a place to start, but you might benefit from talking with an integrative oncology practitioner or palliative care specialist to assess your specific situation to make recommendations related to lifestyle practices and other therapies that may help you meet your goals. Alternatively, you could work with a navigator who could get more information and help point you in the right direction.

    We have volunteers available to help you navigate the website to find information on all these topics. Please use the "Get Help" link at the very top of this page if you'd like to talk with someone.

    Best wishes.
    Nancy
    BCCT Project Manager

  2. Sbusiso Skepu:
    Sep 14, 2020 at 05:15 AM

    What is the best diet and habbits for a person with stage 4 cancer

  3. Nancy Hepp:
    Aug 07, 2020 at 08:29 AM

    Laxmichand, please refer so resources on these pages for the specific type of blood cancer you're interested in (links are above):
    Leukemia
    Lymphoma
    Multiple myeloma

    We don't have full handbooks available on these cancer types yet, but you'll find links to authoritative conventional treatment sources and integrative programs and systems that can guide you in an integrative approach.

    Nancy, BCCT Project Manager

  4. Laxmichand Dantkake:
    Aug 07, 2020 at 12:51 AM

    Is there medicine available for blood cancer Information about blood cancer

  5. Sivapralkasam:
    Aug 01, 2020 at 12:11 AM

    Very useful for elderly people

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