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The holistic guide for cancer survivors

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’This “impeccably researched and reassuring book” should be read by everybody touched by cancer either on a professional or personal basis’

Title: The holistic guide for cancer survivors

Author: Mark Greener

Publisher: Sheldon Press

Reviewer: Carol Singleton Queen’s Nurse, North Tyneside

What was it like?

This relatively short book (a total of 146 pages) consists of six chapters and a comprehensive introduction and covers:

  • Understanding the “Big C”
  • Conventional cancer treatments
  • Putting food first
  • Tips to help specific issues facing survivors
  • CAMS can help
  • An anti-cancer lifestyle

Easy to read but not necessarily from cover to cover, the reader is given balanced informative advice on how to ease symptoms and the side effects of treatment, how to live more comfortably in the long term and where to find further advice and support when you are reaching the end.

What were the highlights?

I found the chapter on ”An anti-cancer lifestyle” particularly helpful because after stating that a healthy lifestyle could prevent every 2 in 5 malignancies, it goes on to say that it’s never too late to improve your chances and provides suggestions on improving the way you eat exercise and consume alcohol. The tips on exercise are not just confined to using the gym or exercise classes but explains how to take advantage of “forest bathing” or “ecotherapy”.

Strengths & weaknesses:

There are 132 references listed at the end of the book, a comprehensive index, further reading list and useful address list of organisations, including address, telephone numbers and their website address.

Text boxes make it easy to locate a wide range of helpful information e.g. explaining the five stages of grief, what receptors are or traditional Chinese medicines and cancer.

Who should read it?

This “impeccably researched and reassuring book” should be read by everybody touched by cancer either on a professional or personal basis.

the holistic guide

the holistic guide


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