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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Plume; Revised edition (August 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452271371
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452271371
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #349,059 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Le Shan rightly describes his ninth health guide as a "state-of-the-art handbook," counseling readers on how to realize their self-healing abilities by employing methods dramatized here in case histories. The book details strategies to promote psychological change and teaches techniques (active visualization, classical meditation) that encourage cancer victims to fight the disease. Critical of doctors, nurses and other hospital personnel who regard the afflicted primarily as machines to repair, Le Shan urges patients to insist on their rights to humane and conscientious care: "Many doctors are so completely oriented to fighting disease and ignoring the sick person that, in catastrophic illness, they often seem to be asking themselves: 'How many heroic measures and mutilating operations can be charged to the patient (orto the insurance company) before death--the final method of consumer resistance--is allowed to intervene?' " His advice on overcoming the often debilitating lay and professional attitudes surrounding the cancer sufferer is eminently sound. Author tour.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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LeShan, noted therapist and popular author of books on the mind/body connection, including You Can Fight For Your Life: Emotional Factors in the Treatment of Cancer ( LJ 4/15/77), offers further advice for people dealing with cancer. Writing from an inspiring, holistic-oriented perspective, LeShan says that the crisis of cancer offers many positive possibilities for the sufferer--healing, a new life, a peaceful death, the unlocking of inner resources, and the uncovering of hidden self-knowledge. He also gives practical counsel on dealing with hospital stays and practicing meditation, and discusses the human need for a meaningful death. Recommended for public libraries with holistic health or New Age interest.
- Judith Eannarino, George Washington Univ. Lib., Washington, D.C.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Lawrence LeShan published his first professional paper in 1942. Since then he has authored over 150 papers and 20 books, which have been translated into 19 languages. He holds a PhD in Human development from the University of Chicago, has taught at various universities and has lectured and given seminars widely in this country, Europe and elsewhere. He has worked as a research psychologist for over 60 years including six years as a psychologist in the U.S. Army.

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I found LeShan's writing style easy to read and it flows.
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The state of one's mental, emotional, and spiritual health influences how well or poorly the immune system functions.
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I heartily endorse this book for patients, family, and friends.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Julie King on March 21, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book was integral in my coming to grips with my own cancer and how to get on with my life in a meaningful way. I have shared it with many others, both those with cancer and others who are not cancer patients but who are introspective and ALL have found it to profoundly change their lives. It continues to be a powerful tool in my life.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 31, 1999
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Thank you LeShan for writing this book. The ideas are timely and clear, though he pulls no punches -- for many people it's either change your mind and life, or that's it. His stories are excellent, and not only the "successes" are here. The best mind/body book I've read.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Rusty Hoge on January 5, 1999
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LeShan discusses how purpose and fulfillment in life play a crucial role in who gets cancer and who beats cancer. He worked with hundreds of patients over many years and his conclusions make sense and provide a message to everyone.
Highly recommended.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mary R. Bast on February 16, 2001
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LeShan's book is a excellent review and summary of important concepts in holistic approaches to cancer. He reminds us that holistic medicine rests on four basic axioms: (1) Health requires treatment of all levels -- physical, psychological, and spiritual; (2) Standardized approaches are not helpful -- treatment programs must be individualized; (3) Patients need to be part of decisions, given as much knowledge and authority as they will accept; (4) Everyone has self-healing abilities that need to be engaged.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By L. Munteanu on February 26, 2006
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I dont understand somthing, why all the time people are saying that this is for people figuting cancer? LeShan in his own words says that cancer is a normal process that is heppening in every body 24 hours a day, it is only the immune system that isnt able to fight the process and as a result what we are calling a diease excist.

I am trying to say that everybody should read and accept what is in this book, the immune system is the gate for everything, dosent matter weather you are figting the "diease" or weather you are an elite athlete needs to strengen his body and mind.

It is up to you weather you use the tools writen here, but it is an eye opening book that tells you how far you can go.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By David Spero on January 4, 2004
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LeShan's message is simple -- put your life before your illness. For years, he helped people with cancer to live the lives they wanted to live, to "sing their own song" as he puts it. These people frequently recovered from cancer in the process of working on their lives.
Some of these stories are amazing. The people you meet are ordinary folks with a lot of strikes against them, but they manage to transform their lives and, in a surprising number of cases, cure their cancer.
I apply LeShan's approach in my wellness workshops and in my book, The Art of Getting Well. Get your life right and your health will likely (although not necessarily) follow.
David Spero RN [...]
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Sugg on June 23, 2002
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Cancer as a Turning Point is a well researched, informative and interesting book written by an expert in the field of cancer and cancer research. LeShan is a psychotherapist rather than a medical doctor and thus he approaches the topic of cancer from a different perspective. In the book he provides much useful and practical advice for cancer patients, their families and friends, therapists of cancer patients and medical professionals in the cancer field. This book is packed with information but progress a bit slowly at times. Overall, it fills a niche other cancer books miss because it addresses cancer more holistically and a more emotional, psychological point of view. While not perfect, this book is definitely worth reading for anyone touched by cancer.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Urbun Scrawler on August 3, 2011
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Cancer belongs to the category of clubs you'd never want to be a member of, and when you're forced to join against your will, it's hard to be there. I should know because I'm a member.

Having cancer involves a whole lot more than the terror of a life-threatening illness and the often torturous treatment that makes you sicker than the disease. It damages your self-worth and self-esteem, can cause extreme depression and PTSD, ends jobs and relationships; in short, it effects your life in a catastrophic way.

Larry LeShan treated terminally ill cancer patients for 40 years and determined almost immediately that the standard therapeutic model--what's wrong with this patient and how can we fix it--was not working. He developed a new approach by saying, what's right with this person and how can we bring more of that into her life? Not surprisingly, many of these patients improved and some became miracles by recovering completely.

He noticed that there was a common denominator among these people: that each of them had a passion that had gone unexpressed. By guiding them to express their passion, for example, to learn, finally, how to play piano, they often improved.

The mind-body connection is a well-accepted fact today. The state of one's mental, emotional, and spiritual health influences how well or poorly the immune system functions. Depression leads to all kinds of physical illness, including cancer, because it severely depresses immune system functioning, just like the continual expression of rage elevates blood pressure and over time, damages the heart.

In no way does Larry LeShan believe that a person is responsible for creating his or her dis-ease; in fact, he chides those who would suggest that.
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