So if you have been diagnosed with Cancer what do you do? Integrated Cancer Care – Part 3

Treatment options:

A doctor who specialized in the treatment of cancer is called an oncologist. He or she may be a surgeon, a specialist in radiation therapy, or a medical oncologist.

The first option is usually surgery to treat the cancer; the second, radiation therapy; the third, chemotherapy and related treatments. There is consultation between medical team to develop a treatment plan for each particular patient.

The treatment is based on the type of cancer and the stage of the cancer. In some people, diagnosis and treatment may occur at the same time if the cancer is entirely surgically removed when the surgeon removes the tissue for biopsy.

Although patients may receive a unique sequenced treatment, or protocol, for their cancer, most treatments have one or more of the following components: surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or combination treatments (a combination of two or all three treatments).

Individuals obtain variations of these treatments for cancer. Patients with cancers that cannot be completely removed by surgery usually will get combination therapy, the composition determined by the cancer type and stage.


There are many complications that may occur with cancer; many are specific to the cancer type and stage and are too numerous to list here. However, some general complications that may occur with both cancer and its treatment protocols are listed below: (5)

  • Fatigue (both due to cancer and its treatments)

  • Anemia (both)

  • Loss of appetite (both)

  • Insomnia (both)

  • Hair loss (treatments mainly)

  • Nausea (both)

  • Lymphedema (both)

  • Pain (both)

  • Immune system depression (both)


What else is there if you have been diagnosed with Cancer

Integrative medicine is a total approach to medical care that combines standard medicine with the complimentary medicine practices that have shown to be safe and effective. They treat the patient's mind, body, and spirit. (6)

How can alternative medicine help people with cancer?

Alternative cancer treatments may not play a direct role in curing your cancer, but they may help you cope with signs and symptoms caused by cancer and cancer treatments. Common signs and symptoms such as anxiety, fatigue, nausea and vomiting, pain, difficulty sleeping, and stress may be lessened by alternative treatments.

Integrating the best of evidence-based complementary and alternative cancer treatments with the treatments you receive from your doctor may help relieve many of the symptoms associated with cancer and its treatment.

Working closely with a medical doctor to determine the right balance between traditional medicines and alternative cancer treatments offers the best outcome.

Dr Kelley

Dr. Kelley, and John Beard before him, believed to defeat cancer you don’t create some new method of defence that does not mimic the human body, you create a method of defence that acts LIKE the human body, and the body uses pancreatic proteolytic enzymes in the natural fight against cancer.(7)

Henry Osiecki

Suggested nutritional guidelines to improve the treatment of Cancer

  • pH and electrolyte balance – includes both extracellular and intracellular pH

  • Energy balance of aerobic and anaerobic states

  • Tissue oxygenation

  • Immune balance – including controlling inflammatory functions

  • Eliminating or destroying various toxins

  • Maintain and control cellular reproduction and cellular death

  • Maintain cognitive functions to avoid stresses and support health functions (8)


Gawler Institute Philosophy

Healing is possible and achievable by taking a holistic approach to lifestyle choices. Health is influenced by how we eat, think, exercise, relax and relate to ourselves and others. This belief is based on ancient wisdom combined with the real life experience of many thousands of people who have been through our programs and increasingly our philosophy is being validated through scientific research as well. (9)