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.
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.
Open the BREAST CANCER HANDBOOK (has the most up-to-date information)
Open a 118-page printer-formatted version of this handbook.
Open a 2-page quick reference summary of the therapies best supported by evidence for use with breast cancer.
Open the Colorectal Cancer Handbook (New in October 2020!)
Open a 2-page quick reference summary of the therapies best supported by evidence for use with colorectal cancer:
Open a 2-page quick reference summary of the therapies best supported by evidence for use with ovarian 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.
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.
Synonyms and specific cancers within these broad types are listed on our Types of Cancer page.
- BCCT: Get Help: Healing Circles: Share Your Experience
- Ralph Moss, PhD: The Ultimate Guide to Cancer: DIY Research
- American Society of Clinical Oncology: Cancer.Net
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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.
BCCT Project Manager
What is the best diet and habbits for a person with stage 4 cancer
Laxmichand, please refer so resources on these pages for the specific type of blood cancer you're interested in (links are above):
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
Is there medicine available for blood cancer Information about blood cancer
Very useful for elderly people