Treating Cancer Naturally {Touched by Cancer}

Touched by Cancer - a series at Authentic Simplicity Have you been touched by cancer? Maybe not you personally, but a close friend or family member? Then this series is for you. In honor of a dear friend of mine who was diagnosed with colon cancer earlier this year, I dedicate this small space of the internet to spreading hope and compassion in the face of a terrible disease. Hope for prevention and treatment, and compassion for those suffering. Please share the posts in this series with anyone you know who has been touched by cancer.

When I was a teenager, or maybe in my early twenties, I decided for myself that if I ever had cancer, I just wouldn’t treat it. The side effects of the treatments seemed to me to be worse than the disease, so I figured I’d just let the disease do its thing and go home to Heaven a little earlier than I might have liked.

Then I had kids. And that kind of changed my thinking a little: I decided that undergoing those treatments would be worth it for the sake of my children.

And then, oddly enough, I read a fictional series (about the Amish, no less!) of books written by Beverly Lewis, in which one of the characters underwent treatment for cancer at a holistic cancer treatment center. I was fascinated! And then I decided, if I ever get cancer (although I’ll do my best to prevent it), that’s the route I want to take: the holistic, natural route. 

To a lot of people, it’s a strange concept, and I can understand that. But set aside your skepticism for a minute and browse through the resources I have collected here, if only for curiosity’s sake. Perhaps you might find yourself considering a similar treatment method for yourself or a loved one if you ever find that you have been touched by cancer.

Treating Cancer Naturally

But Does it Work?

Are natural cures for cancer effective? There’s no point in even pursuing natural treatment for cancer (however gentle it may be) if it’s not effective. The tricky part is that there are not, to my knowledge, any well-documented comprehensive studies comparing the success rates of conventional vs. holistic cancer treatments. That makes sense if you think about it: all the studies are funded by people who have a vested interest in current treatment methods and naturally-based protocols simply aren’t on their radar. They’re looking to chemicals and surgeries for a cure, not foods or supplements or other seemingly simple methods of treatment. Henceforth and therefore, not much exists in the way of evidence supporting (or not supporting) natural treatments.

However, those who administer natural treatments keep careful records – of course! – and are happy to compare their success rates to those of conventional treatment providers (commonly referred to collectively as SEER) because they usually come out on top. Here are some sites I’ve found with information on the success rates of natural cancer treatments:

Oasis of Hope Hospital in Mexico (half an hour away from San Diego, CA) has detailed information on the survival rates of their patients compared to patients of more conventional treatments. They boast a survival rate that is two to five times higher (depending on the type of cancer) than the SEER survival rate.

CAM-Cancer is a European website that aims to analyze the available scientific data on a variety of natural and alternative cancer treatments in an effort to determine their efficacy. Although their research is thorough, their site is kind of difficult to navigate, as you have to go to each specific treatment method and then click on the link “Does it Work?” to get to the page where they discuss the results of the various research available on that treatment. And then, it’s kind of frustrating because honestly, there’s not much scientific data available, and what data is available is often suspect because of its source (i.e., conventional medicine/pharmaceutical companies that have a vested interest in disproving any method aside from their own) or the inherent limitations of the research itself. But it’s worth a look-see if there’s a particular treatment you’re interested in learning more about.

Survivor’s Tales

I’ve come across a few blogs written by those who have met cancer, fought it naturally, and won.

Green Drink Diaries is the tale of Cortney, who lives to tell about her fight with Hodgkins Lymphoma. She is now a champion of holistic/alternative cancer therapies and her blog is incredibly informative.

One of my readers mentioned the blog Chris Beat Cancer: a Chemo-Free Survivor’s Health Blog, written by a young man named Chris who followed up his cancer surgery with natural protocols rather than chemo. He has been cancer-free for almost 10 years!

Cultivating Courage is the ongoing story of Emily and her son, who has leukemia. His treatment combines both conventional and alternative treatments.

Treatment Centers

I’ve also come across a few treatment centers, some that sound a lot like the one I read about in that fictional series I mentioned! One is the Oasis of Hope Hospital in Mexico, and there are a few others:

Natural Horizons Wellness Centers offers care for cancer, as well as several other diseases and conditions. What I like is that they are not too far away from me. Just in case!

The Hippocrates Health Institute in West Palm Beach, FL, sounds amazing! And incredibly affordable, especially when compared to the costs of conventional treatment.

The Living Foods Institute in Atlanta, GA, teaches its students how to heal themselves through diet and lifestyle changes.

For More Information

Cancer Killers is a new eBook authored by a man who was cured of stage 4 colon cancer by natural methods. It was recommended to me by a good friend, and is on my reading list (which, unfortunately, is rather lengthy, which is why I haven’t read it yet).

The American Anti-Cancer Institute is leading the charge against conventional cancer treatments. Their site is a wealth of information, and they also host a variety of events that aim to bring awareness to alternative cancer treatments.

Cancer Tutor is a website that is absolutely packed with all the information you would ever want to know about cancer. Some of the claims seem a little extreme and even perhaps exaggerated, but it’s still the best source of information on the topic, and a great place to start learning about the different kinds of therapies.

So what do you think? Would you be interested in trying a natural cure for cancer if you were ever diagnosed?


  1. Great post, Anne! My mom went through chemo twice. This is one of those topics I know I need to research–yet don’t want to at the same time. I’ve shared on FB and pinned! :)

  2. This is indeed a tough subject. In my heart, I would prefer to try the natural/holistic approach. In reality, I know that our insurance would most likely only pay for conventional methods. And of course, I pray I nor anyone in my family is ever touched by cancer. As much as many think it’s not preventable, I have to question if some types are preventable with a healthier diet, less sugar, and taking herbs or supplements such as garlic, tumeric, etc.? Thank you for writing this article!

  3. People didn’t live long enough to get cancer 200 years ago. They died earlier from smallpox, polio, influenza, infections, childbirth, etc. They died from things caused by poor hygiene, lack of antibiotics, unsterile operating conditions, etc.

    Cancer is generally a disease for those over 35. Far fewer people lived to 35 back then.

  4. Thanks for all this great information! I am definitely pinning this “Just Incase”. I would never want to go through chemo but other than natural prevention and eating real food I would have no idea where to start. Thanks for doing the leg work!

    Thanks for sharing on Natural Living Monday! I am excited to see what you have to share this week.

  5. Anne, this is really topical for me right now. My sister-in-love has just been dx with stage 4 ovarian cancer and she is starting chemo tomorrow :( I’m with you in that I will do it naturally. Check out the Vitamin C Foundation and the book Cancer: Step Outside the Box that I have on my sidebar. Thank you for linking up at Deep Roots At Home. I am blessed to get to know you and find your blog!

    • Jacqueline, So sorry about your sister-in-love! I really believe that as hard as it is for us to comprehend humanly, God has a plan for each of us, and some He leads through conventional treatment, and some through natural methods. In the end, healing is all His! Prayers for you and your family!

  6. Michelle M says:

    I recently noticed a lump so I’m researching tons of natural remedies online which lead me here. Thank you for openly sharing the information that others are trying to capitalize upon by making us buy their reports & books. If non of these options work for me, then it’s just my time to go. I refuse to contribute even $1 toward the toxic options pushed by the corrupt medical jerks!!

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