11 Books to Change Your View of Cancer

When my wife was diagnosed with cancer I started to read up on a subject that I knew too little about. I was to read over 200 books — and none of them was the book we needed to help us make sensible decisions — so I wrote Cancer: The Complete Recovery Guide (the big book) and Cancer Recovery Guide: 15 Alternative and Complementary Strategies for Restoring Health (the little book). My reading led me to some books that I believe every cancer patient, and family member of a cancer patient, should read. Below are 11 that I think you will find most useful.


The Cancer Industry: The Classic Expose on the Cancer Establishment, Updated Edition

by Ralph W. Moss

This book is a masterwork. If you think science is all about the rigorous pursuit of a cancer cure — let nothing get in the way — then you need to read this book. We get the politics and maneuvering. Ralph Moss used to work for a major cancer center so this is very much an insider's book.


Racketeering in Medicine: The Suppression of Alternatives

by James P. Carter

This is another wide ranging survey of the ways in which alternative therapies that may be beneficial to cancer patients have been suppressed by the medical establishment. Written by a doctor, this book 'presents names, events and facts'.


On the Take: How Medicine's Complicity with Big Business Can Endanger Your Health

by Jerome P. Kassirer M.D.

This book by a Harvard professor and ex-editor of a major medical journal tells you that all is not well in the corridors of medical ethics.


A Cancer Therapy: Results of Fifty Cases and the Cure of Advanced Cancer

by Max Gerson

Gerson's story is a tragic and important one. Having fled Nazi Germany, where he had been a leading doctor — well-known for his nutritional approaches to metabolic conditions such as lupus and diabetes — he was then prevented from practicing this approach against cancer.


Cancer and Vitamin C: A Discussion of the Nature, Causes, Prevention, and Treatment of Cancer With Special Reference to the Value of Vitamin C

by Linus Pauling, Ewan Cameron

Linus Pauling was described once by another Nobel prize winner, James Watson the co-discoverer of the structure of DNA, as the intellectual equal of Newton and Einstein. In this book Linus Pauling describes the work he did with Dr. Ewan Cameron in a Scottish hospital.


The Immortal Cell

by Gerald B. Dermer

Cancer is an 'immortal cell' because it cannot kill itself, as normal cells do. Dermer was a hospital pathologist who worked on living cancer tissue straight out of the body. His results and conclusions tended to be diametrically opposed to those arrived at by 'cancer researchers' doing test tube work. This book is a critique of the entire business of cancer research.


Cancer As a Turning Point: A Handbook for People with Cancer, Their Families, and Health Professionals

by Lawrence LeShan

In this book, and in his earlier one — You Can Fight For Your Life — LeShan focuses on the importance of dealing with the emotions — and argues that resolving emotional conflicts can, on their own, have immense healing benefits.


A Cancer Battle Plan

by David J. Fraham

Anne Frahm was weeks away from death from cancer. She had everything her orthodox doctors could throw at her — including a bone marrow transplant. She then turned to the nutritional approaches and claims she was cured in 5 weeks. She went on to live another ten years mostly cancer free.


Anatomy of an Illness as Perceived by the Patient

by Norman Cousins

This is not a book about cancer, but the story of how one patient who suffered a complete metabolic physical breakdown took his own treatment out of the hands of his doctors and how he cured himself. An important document in survivorship — a must-read.

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Health at the Crossroads: Exploring the Conflict Between Natural Healing and Conventional Medicine

by Dean Black

This is a thin volume but the thinking is massive but expressed with clarity and simplicity; each chapter is a monument to an idea. This has long been one of my favorite texts.