Women Confront Cancer : Making Medical History by Choosing Alternative and Complementary Therapies

by Margaret J. Wooddell (Editor), David J. Hess (Editor), Barbara Joseph

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Alternative therapies are essential --21 women say why
Twenty-one very different women confront cancer and all come to the same conclusion: that treatments offered by mainstream, conventional medicine are inherently harmful and offer no guarantee to save their lives. Some discuss how the science confirms this view. All come to the intuitive knowledge that something more is required. They learn that current treatments have a poor track record in saving women from dying of cancer. Some of them use some or all conventional treatments first--surgery, radiation, chemotherapy,hormone therapy-- and then use other complementary therapies to reduce the toxic effects, support their recovery and prevent recurrance of their cancer. A few refuse conventional treatments and choose so-called alternative therapies. Individually, the stories are very interesting, even gripping. The book taken as a whole is greater than the sum of its parts, leaving the reader with a new understanding. It is enlightening--presenting some of the less known scientific aspets of conventional cancer treatment, revealing characteristics of the medical community which treats the disease, and demonstrating, in 21 different ways, the psychology of taking charge of one's own healing--regardless of personality or personal background. Some of these women make us laugh, others may move us to tears of sadness or frustration. The bottom line for all these women: they know that no one can predict whether or not they will die of their cancer; that something allowed their cancer to come forward, so something in thier lives has to change to prevent its recurrance. Since conventional cancer medicine does not build health, they set off to find health partners, knowing that they themselves have the key to their own healing. All seem to discover a spirituality, though many are not particularly religious. All have lived with cancer in a way of their own choosing--all have triumped over needless suffering, have discovered a new dimension to their lives. A few have died in the last few months, long past the time when conventional medicine had given them up for lost. . None of these women lost the battle--rather each is showing us the way--and showing us that the way is as unique as each person who commits herself to the task. For that, this book is inspiring and instructive.