Cancer Survival Strategies – A Holistic Approach
Written by Dr Sandra McRae Cabot MBBS, DRCOG
Foreword to the book written By New York Oncologist, Thomas Eanelli MD
Cancer is the most complex and unpredictable disease that afflicts humanity. In this honest and practical book, Dr Cabot reveals how a cancer sufferer can harness their natural energy to maximise chances of survival, as well as a speedier recovery from treatment.
The book provides a Survival Plan to strengthen the body’s innate defense and fighting mechanisms. This book teaches how to:
- Ask the right questions regarding treatment decisions
- Be more confident with your own research
- Reduce damage from chemotherapy and radiation
- Repair and detoxify your cells
- Restore your Immune System
Dr Cabot’s book uses an integrative medical approach incorporating strategies from traditional medicine, nutritional medicine and cutting-edge technologies. Dr Cabot has tried to demystify the complex landscape of oncology for cancer patients. The book is easy to understand and well researched. Readers can check the references.
Adjunct cancer therapies – safe, not safe, studied, not studied, mainstream in other countries like Germany but not available in Australia, are covered to create awareness. These questions are top of patient’s minds, but often lack of time prevents adequate discussion. There are still closed-minded oncologists out there, which put a dampener on motivation and mood.
We think it is important to provide clear direction, education and inspiration to cancer sufferers who often feel depleted from chemotherapy and/or radiation and overwhelmed by the plethora of conflicting information available on the Internet. This book aims to provide a broad perspective, which discusses the best complementary therapies available to support healthy immune function and repair of damaged cells.
Context and perspective
Chemotherapy is the use of drugs to destroy cancer cells and works by preventing cancer cells from growing, dividing, and making more cells. Because cancer cells divide faster than normal cells, chemotherapy has more of an effect on cancer cells. Chemotherapy is a very potent toxin and causes collateral damage to healthy cells resulting in side effects. Patients are not taught how to repair this damage to their immune system, which is vital.
There is no doubt that chemotherapy reduces mortality rates of childhood leukemias, Hodgkin’s lymphoma and some rare cancers; however, chemotherapy has done poorly when it comes to prolonging survival from big cancer killers like lung, breast, colon, rectum and prostate cancer. Well over 50 percent of all cancer patients receive chemotherapy, yet chemotherapy helps only five percent of these cases.
There are many reasons that lead to failure of cancer chemotherapy including the ability of cancer cells to become resistant to chemo drugs. Chemotherapy can cause the death of most tumour cells, but some of them (drug-resistant) survive and grow again. Multidrug resistance is one of the most significant problems in oncology today.
If protective complementary therapies are used well after the cancer-cell-killing effects of the chemotherapy have fully been exploited, they can help a great deal in preventing some of the more serious side effects like nerve and heart damage. Chemotherapy combined with complementary therapies requires the supervision of a health care practitioner familiar with both conventional and biological medicine therapies.
Reference: Failure of chemotherapy in many cancers
Dr Sandra Cabot has been a medical doctor for over 40 years and graduated with honours in Medicine and Surgery in 1975 from the University of Adelaide South Australia. She has written over 30 books on health, including the award-winning Liver Cleansing Diet Book. Her books are translated into 11 languages and are available as e-books and hard copies. Dr Sandra Cabot is available for interviews – call 02 4655 4666 or email.