We believe that the patient must always be in charge of their own plan of care. It is your life. While we can provide you support and information and the best treatments that are available, you need to decide what is best for you. We share Resources here to encourage you to explore, ask questions and seek other opinions. The only ‘advice’ we give in this process is three-fold:
- Be your own best advocate. Ask questions and make decisions for yourself. Do your own homework. Much of the literature on cancer and cancer treatments is very accessible to the public.
- Seek second and third opinions from qualified professionals. The ‘right’ approach to cancer treatment for you is likely to emerge from listening to the wisdom of not only care providers, but also family members, elders and counsellors you trust.
- Always hold on to hope. Positive expectancy is very powerful. Surround yourself with people who believe you can get well. Find the spiritual practices and the support environments that will nurture you. Live every day of your life with the deep awareness of what a gift it is. Appreciate that which is good and life-giving.
Here are some resources that you might find valuable:
National Cancer Institute – National Institute of Health. Find credible and current information on cancer treatment approaches and research from the U.S. National Cancer Institute, a division of the National Institute of Health (NIH).
NIH – Cancer and Complimentary Care Approaches. The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health conducts and supports research and provides information about complementary health products and practices.
Bastyr University. With a campus in the Seattle, Washington area, Bastyr’s international faculty teaches the natural health sciences with an emphasis on integrating mind, body, spirit and nature. They are a pioneer in natural medicine and many naturopathic physicians in the Seattle area are graduates of Bastyr.
Metronomic Chemotherapy. This independent website shares information on the emerging and promising use of metronomic (low-dose) chemotherapy as a treatment modality.
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. Brings together doctors from several medical facilities to meet the needs of cancer patients.
Advantages of Metronomic Chemotherapy in an Integrative Cancer Treatment Context: 2015 Presentation by Dr. Nick Chen. At an international conference, Dr. Nick Chen presents on the advantages of metronomic chemotherapy