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01/06/2017
Reflexology as the leading touch therapy in cancer
04/04/2017
Grounding beneficial effect
02/02/2017
Probiotics improves immunotherapy
01/02/2017
Soy might reduce breast cancer risk for recurrence
31/01/2017
Acupuncture and arthralgia due to aromatase inhibi
30/01/2017
Acupuncture helpful in cancer related fatigue
27/01/2017
Additive homeopathic treatment in cancer
05/07/2016
Stress reduction- Does it affect survival?
01/07/2016
Exceptional patients- updated link
29/06/2016
Acupuncture in cancer care
31/05/2016
Stress reduction can affect genes
31/05/2016
Acupuncture in cancer related pain
30/04/2016
Fish oil and breast cancer
31/03/2016
Fatigue affected by Biofield Healing
29/02/2016
Fasting and chemotherapy
12/11/2015
Meat consumption and breast cancer risk
15/09/2015
The evolving field of integrative oncology
02/06/2015
Do cancer survivors use CAM?
30/05/2015
Ginger might have a role in Colon Cancer
28/05/2015
Acupuncture is helpful with hot flushe in patients
06/05/2015
Chemobrain and complementary therapies
01/04/2015
The Value of Presence
01/04/2015
Homeopathic remedies affect breast cancer cells
04/03/2015
Fish oil may prevent weight loss during cancer tx
04/03/2015
Integrative Medicine in cancer care
02/06/2014
Lack of sleep and breast cancer
27/05/2014
Soy might reduce lung cancer risk
18/04/2014
Hot flushes relieved with magnesium
01/01/2014
Integrating Dietary Supplements into Cancer Care
24/12/2013
Social isolation can affect mortality
21/06/2013
Nutrition and reducing risk of death
08/05/2013
Social environment can affect survival
07/05/2013
Nutrition and reduced risk of breast cancer
03/01/2013
Stress reduction affect genes
02/01/2013
Exercise can reduce prostate cancer death
30/11/2012
Protective effects of control beliefs
30/11/2012
Does diet affect colorectal cancer?
06/11/2012
Ginseng eases cancer related fatigue
20/07/2012
Selenium and prostate cancer
15/06/2012
Additional studies show effect of homeopathy on ca
05/06/2012
Guidelines for nutrition - physical activity 2012
15/04/2012
Mindfulness and stress in cancer
08/03/2012
The Benefit of Exercise
20/01/2012
Massage in cancer care
15/01/2012
Mindfulness and stress reduction in breast cancer
19/11/2011
Stress and cancer progression
28/09/2011
Qigong, cognitive function and quality of life
29/08/2011
Phone consultation is helpful in managing symptoms
24/04/2011
Rye and breast cancer
21/04/2011
Mindfulness in cancer care
13/04/2011
Omega-3 Formulation Has Antineoplastic Activity
31/03/2011
Long term effects of acupuncture on hot flushes
07/01/2011
Guidelines for Integrative Oncology
28/07/2010
Is sugar and soft drinks good for you?
25/07/2010
Broccoli and bladder cancer
17/07/2010
Nutrition in the prevention of colorectal cancer
15/07/2010
Managing Radiation Therapy Side effects
Exceptional Patients - Lessons For You

Exceptional patients- Who are they?

The exceptional patient with cancer is a puzzling phenomenon that has not been formally investigated. These are the people who survive a particularly deadly form of cancer that usually proves fatal within months; yet, years later these individuals continue to live and thrive. They are the ones that represent the exception in the statistics. The rare and spectacular occurrence of remarkable recovery against all odds, totally inexplicable but real, is something that many oncologists have seen in their practice. 

Research

Research on this topic is very limited. In the past, other terms have been used to describe the phenomenon: “spontaneous remission,” “spontaneous healing”, “spontaneous regression”, “miracle cures”,  “remarkable recovery”, and “exceptional disease course”.

Most previous studies mentioned the phenomenon of exceptional disease course as a rare occurrence. However, few recent reports suggest that exceptional disease course might occur much more often than what was estimated previously.


Explanation for this phenomenon

There is no clear explanation for the phenomenon. Some researchers note that some exceptional patients experience a spiritual awakening before the remission took place, suggesting that the patients themselves had an important role in the healing process. 

During the last few years, we have identified a large number of these patients. We spoke to them and their families discussed their perception on the reason for their success and slowly gathered valuable lessons. In consultations we describe some of these patients,  the lessons we learned from them and in certain situations discuss how to implement

these lessons.

 

 

We recommend to all patients that have interest in this topic to look at a few resources:


Exceptional Patients Study 2016

 

Exceptional Patients or Exceptional Doctors- Patient Doctor Communication as a Survival Factor?

 

Living outliers: experiences, insights and narratives of exceptional survivors of incurable cancer

 

Activism among  Exceptional Patients with cancer

 

  NCI Clinical Trial

 

 

 Clinical Trials 2014 NCI

 

 

The  exceptional patient 2010

           

 

The exceptional patient- 2013

 

Integrative oncology and exceptional patients- Thoughts and Reflections Dr Frenkel

The Exceptional Patient in Cancer Care

Six months to live ten years later....

Six months  to live....youtube

Six months to live ten years later....Hebrew  

Exceptional Patients

Exceptional patients Menta (Hebrew) April 2010

Refusing Treatment

 
Perspective of one patient

Informing Hope
JCO June 2010

 

Remarkable Recovery Authors: Caryle Hirshberg and Marc Ian Barasch

Publisher: Riverhead (March 8, 1995)

 
 The will to live - Rachel Naomi Remen 

The will to live- Youtube

If she can do it....   video


Common Attributes of "Miracle Survivors" 

From Incurable to Incredible
This unique book  "From Incurable to Incredible" features 27 stories of cancer survivors who 
shocked everyone by overcoming a terminal prognosis. 

 6 Months to Live 10 Years Later: An Extraordinary Healing Journey & Guide to Well Being.

   MS Exceptional Patient- Dr  Terry Wahls

The Happy Secret  TED 2012

-  TED Lecture-   Blue ZONE Secret to Longevity


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Kelly Turner- Against All Odds:  Cancer counselor and researcher Dr. Kelly A. Turner, PhD describes her innovative research on Unexpected Cancer Remission, and her upcoming     book entitled "Against All Odds."    Website link
6 Behaviours 

Making tough decisions  after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer

Radical remission- Medscape 2014

Radical Remission- The summary of Kelly Turner work published recently

Spontaneous Remission- Link to a text that was published by Institute of Noetic Sciences  in 1993 which is a   compilation of 3500 references of spontaneous remission.

Even with pancreatic cancer there are survivors- Link to a few stories 

Dr Oz and Exceptional Patients 

The Remarkable Story of Ernestine Shepherd

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