Cannabis as Part of Cancer Care from the Patient’s Perspective
Like many other aging boomers, I’ve used recreational marijuana occasionally and mostly in gatherings with friends for years. But when I developed breast cancer for the first time in 1999, it never occurred to me that cannabis could have therapeutic value.
Should Oncologists Recommend Cannabis?
This post was originally published on The ASCO Post on December 10, 2018. BCCT published this excerpt with permission.
A recent survey of 400 clinical oncologists found that 80 percent discuss the use of medical cannabis with their patients, and although nearly 50 percent recommend it, fewer than 30 percent consider themselves knowledgeable enough to make such recommendations.
Cancer, Again: Cancer as a Compass
I can honestly say that, as it did the first time 19 years ago, cancer has offered me precious and deeply meaningful gifts.
Building My New Normal with the 7 Healing Practices
For me, the 7 Healing Practices presented right here on the BCCT website have been the best starting point in my journey toward a healthy and hopefully cancer-free present and future. The Healing Practices are both a vehicle and a destination in the journey that I am now embracing. And the 7 Healing Practices are so fundamental to overall good health that you’ll benefit from adopting them even if cancer weren’t your main concern.
Integrative Oncology Leaders’ Criticisms of JAMA Oncology Article on Complementary Medicine Association with Increased Risk of Death
In July 2018, Media Watch Cancer News listserv sent an article regarding a study published in JAMA Oncology.
A similar review was published in Reuters: Cancer patients using alternative medicine may skip some standard care.
Several leaders in the field of integrative oncology have since written criticisms of this study. Main points from Moshe Frankel, MD, are included here, followed by links to other commentaries.
Integrative Cancer Care: How Far We’ve Come!
It was a very significant event when the American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) endorsed the Society for Integrative Oncology (SIO) clinical practice guidelines for breast cancer. ASCO is the leading organization of its kind. SIO is the leading organization of its kind. Historically, these two organizations, both committed to quality oncology care, did not share the same view or value of weaving the best conventional cancer care with the best complementary approaches.
Cancer-Fighting Kitchen Course
I am thrilled to be able to share the life-giving, spirit-supporting foods and secrets to happy tastebuds I’ve discovered over many years of cooking for people with cancer.
After Mastectomy Surgery: It’s the Little Things
I’ve learned there’s a huge difference between having a lumpectomy and having a mastectomy, because I’ve now had both. Both are scary—what surgery isn’t?—but a mastectomy is “major,” as countless people have told me, and much more physically challenging in the immediate post-operative days and weeks. Read more.
Cancer, Again: Acupuncture and Guided Meditation as Part of the Surgery Experience
Acupuncture made an enormous difference in my ability to tolerate chemo during my first breast cancer experience in 1999. So when I got diagnosed with a second breast cancer earlier this year, I turned instinctively to acupuncture. Read more.
My entry into the club that no one wants to be a member of came 19 years ago when I had breast cancer—for the first time. The second time (but wait, wasn’t I supposed to be done with cancer??) came earlier this year. Read more.
Intuition: The Lost Art of Medicine (And How to Get It Back)
I used to be a total skeptic when it came to intuition. Having grown up in Texas in an evangelical community, then going through western medicine training, I would say that my “gut feeling,” if I had one, was to steer clear of any such practices. Read more.