Book review: The Cancer Revolution: Integrative Medicine, The Future of Cancer Care

Jacqui Stringer reviews The Cancer Revolution: Integrative Medicine, The Future of Cancer Care

This self-help book for patients explores strategies they and their families can use to regain control of their lives using integrated methods such as diet, exercise and supportive therapies.

The Cancer Revolution book cover

It is a comprehensive review written by 37 experts. While it is a good reference and has appendices showing where to access additional information, it should come with a word of caution.

When diagnosed with cancer many patients first ask: ‘Why me?’ However, this book’s undertone that patients can 'fix' their situation risks making them feel responsible.

In addition, there is conflicting information, for example, grapes are to be avoided in the Juicing chapter but are approved of in the Supplements chapter. There are warnings, such as the dangers of juicing for patients with poor renal function, however, they are hidden in the text when it would seem to make more sense for them to be highlighted. Equally, there are recommendations, which would be dangerous for some patients, such as not wearing sunscreen.

A good resource, but bear the above points in mind if discussing or recommending to patients. 

Patricia Peat | Win-win Health Intelligence | 312pp | £19.99 | ISBN: 9781526200327

Reviewed by Jacqui Stringer, clinical lead for complementary health and wellbeing, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester

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