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Fighting Cancer reveals approaches to cancer treatment that have worked for many individuals, but which are not widely known in the United States. Cancer is not a single disease, and there is no single approach to treatment that is right for everyone. This book provides important information and options that can empower individuals to make wise therapeutic decisions when faced with the dreaded diagnosis of cancer.”
—Larry Dossey, MD, author of Healing Words and The Power of Premonitions

“This long-awaited guide from two masters of integrative medicine gives people the choice to participate in their own healing. The self-guided mind-body exercises are real gems—I know I’ll be turning to them again and again in my efforts to help cancer patients and survivors.”
—Dianne M. Shumay, PhD, clinical psychologist and assistant clinical professor at the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of California-San Francisco
“One of the darkest, well-kept secrets in medicine is how the debilitating toxicity of conventional cancer treatments (chemotherapy and radiation) create side effects so severe that the treatment often winds up killing the patient before the disease does. Finally, with the arrival of Fighting Cancer by Robert Gorter and Erik Peper, the growing number of people struggling with cancer can turn to this life-affirming, credible resource. The science-based Gorter Model is effective, humane, nontoxic, and stunningly successful for a wide range of cancers. Supporting the immune system has always been a compelling argument, but few have had the courage and clinical wisdom to chart the exact pathway and redefine cancer treatment from the ground up. Fighting Cancer encourages millions to take action and restore hope.”
—Meg Jordan, PhD, RN, chair and professor of Integrative Health Studies at the California Institute of Integrative Studies and editor-in-chief of American Fitness magazine

“In a thoughtful manner, Dr. Robert Gorter and Dr. Erik Peper offer cancer patients new options that are useful adjuncts to conventional treatment. Their extensive research demonstrates the scientific basis for this comprehensive approach to immunotherapy that focuses on supporting and stabilizing the immune system. These authors also provide advice on self-care techniques founded in mind-body science. This is a book every patient should read.”
—Kenneth R. Pelletier, PhD, MD(hc), clinical professor of Medicine and Family and Community Medicine and professor of Public Health at the University of Arizona and University of California-San Francisco Schools of Medicine, chairman of the American Health Association, and author of New Medicine: Integrating Conventional and Alternative Medicine
“Robert Gorter’s and Erik Peper’s forward-thinking contributions are a must-read for every physician treating cancer and every patient with cancer. As they so adeptly point out, the healing journey includes, but is immensely more than, a sterile scientific process that manipulates biochemistry. Engaging the full participation of our inner healer in conjunction with immune stimulation and intelligent self-care is a commonsense and much-needed evolutionary milestone in an era of failed cancer management.”
—Len Saputo, MD, founder and medical director of Health Medicine Forum and author of A Return to Healing
“Erik Peper has been a mentor and pioneer to many of us in the field of healing whose view goes outside the box of conventional medical treatment. His and Robert Gorter’s Fighting Cancer is a brilliant book, a must-read for anyone who has cancer or has friends and family members who are struggling with this disease. The authors describe a methodology for helping the body to heal itself, and for those of us in the field of alleviating the suffering of the body, this is the essential focus for any effective treatment.”
—David Wise, PhD, director of the National Center for Pelvic Pain Research and
co-author of A Headache in the Pelvis
“I recommend this book not only to those facing the sentence of cancer, but to all those interested in a broad view of how wellness (and the occurrence of illness) comes about; how the occurrence of illness can be viewed as a means of examining ourselves in new ways; and how general health and wellness can be encouraged and implemented. I also recommend the book to physicians, not only because of the information and professional resources it contains but because it provides evidence that how they respond to their patients in terms of openness and caring can influence the path to recovery.”
—Maria C. Linder, professor of Biochemistry, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at California State University Fullerton and author of Nutritional Biochemistry and Metabolism with Clinical Applications

“This important, innovative book offers hopeful strategies to improve your immune function so your strongest ally in the war on cancer is maximally mobilized. I’m giving it to a friend who has recurrent metastatic disease.”
—Kathi Kemper, MD, MPH, FAAP, Caryl J. Guth Chair for the Center for Integrative Medicine and professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, director of the Center for Integrative Medicine at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, and author of Mental Health, Naturally, The Holistic Pediatrician, 2nd edition, and Addressing ADD, Naturally

"This is what I have been waiting for! Grounded in solid, evidence-based practice, this thoughtful collection illuminates the many complementary methods available to patients to support and nurture their own health. By drawing on all the healing forces available, patients can tap into their own innate healing mechanisms to fight their cancer and finally reclaim their lives. Giving patients this knowledge and these tools can and will benefit their outcomes, and they won’t be the only ones to benefit. Health care providers will learn new ways of understanding their role, the reasons for developing broader attitudes about health, and how to better facilitate healing. This book is an inspiring reminder of the power of the body and mind to make healing a reality.”
—Cybele Pelcher, RN, Dermatology nurse  

“A must read. Fighting Cancer provides provocative insights into the workings of the immune system through an alternative to toxic methods of cancer treatment. The authors, who both experienced cancer personally, offer many essential practices for stress release and self-healing. This book will be remembered as a pioneering turn in the treatment of cancer.”
—Gay Luce, PhD, founder of The Nine Gates Programs

“[Robert Gorter, MD, PhD, and Erik Peper, PhD offer] a refreshing relook at the way medicine regards [cancer]. …. Fighting Cancer is a book that offers not only a radically different paradigm; it is also one that offers hope. It effectively moves the responsibility of surviving and curing cancer from the medical practitioner to the patient, who after reading this book should be substantially empowered. For clinicians who work with cancer patients, this book provides numerous concepts and practical advice.”
—Tim Brunson, PhD, founder and executive director of The International Hypnosis Research Institute

Fighting Cancer describes an approach to fighting cancer that integrates traditional western academic medicine with innovative, nontoxic treatments specifically tailored to the patient and the tumor. The Gorter Model includes treatments with dendritic cells, adult autologous stem cells, various forms of hypothermia, thymus peptides, Viscus album, orthomolecular medicine and intestinal flora. The patient’s immune system is mobilized, and the treatment is designed to have little or no serious side effects. The book is organized into three parts – presenting a comprehensive summary of the model, the research to support it and tactics that strengthen natural immunity.”
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About the Author

Robert Gorter earned his medical degree at the University of Amsterdam Medical School in the Netherlands in 1973. The same year he completed specialty training in anthroposophical medicine, with an emphasis on oncology, in Switzerland. From 1983–1986 he received post-doctoral training at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical School. Dr. Gorter was a full UCSF faculty member from 1986 to 2008 and he earned a PhD from the University of Witten/Herdecke in Germany, where he continues to serve as a faculty member, in 1993. In the 1980s he was a physician and researcher on AIDS at San Francisco General Hospital in the world-renowned Ward 86. Subsequently, for four years, Dr. Gorter was medical director of the Department of AIDS Epidemiology and Biostatistics at UCSF. In 1993 he founded the European Institute for Oncological and Immunological Research in Berlin. In 2000 he founded the Medical Center Cologne, dedicated to the treatment of cancer using dendritic cell vaccinations and adult mesenchymal stem cells in combination with immune supportive therapies and hyperthermia, and has been its director since then. Dr. Gorter has written numerous articles and abstracts, contributed to many books, and been featured on ABC and CNN.
Erik Peper is an internationally known expert on holistic health, stress management, and biofeedback. He received his BA from Harvard University in 1968 and his PhD in psychology from Union Graduate Institute in 1975. Since 1976 he has taught at San Francisco State University (SFSU), where he was instrumental in establishing the Institute for Holistic Health Studies, the first holistic health program at a public university in the U.S. Dr. Peper is president of the Biofeedback Foundation of Europe, former president of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback and of the Biofeedback Society of California, and was the sports psychologist for the U.S. Olympic Gymnastic Team for four years. He received a State of California Governor’s Employee Safety Award in 2004 for his contributions to improving workplace health for computer users. Dr. Peper lectures and teaches frequently all over the world and runs a biofeedback practice at BiofeedbackHealth in Berkeley, California. A recognized expert on stress management and workplace health and the author of numerous books and articles, he has been the editor of Psychophysiology Today since 2004 and has been featured on and in GQ, Glamour, Men’s Health, Reader’s Digest, the San Francisco Chronicle, Shape, and Women’s Health.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books; 1 edition (May 31, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583942483
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583942482
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #752,042 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lisa on June 8, 2011
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I'm fighting Stage IV cancer so I try to keep up with newly published literature. I was excited to see this title so I pre-ordered it several weeks ago.

The last 3/4 of the book provides solid content (a good primer of the nutritional, psychological, physical elements that can help with preventing/healing cancer). Though I didn't learn anything new (because I've already read most of the cancer/healing books out there) it would be good for those who are just beginning the journey.

What I'm disappointed in is that the Gorter method I had hoped could help me appears to be available only in Cologne, Germany at their facility. While I'd love to avail myself of the treatment outlined (it makes a lot of sense) I'm neither able to afford this nor could I imagine leaving my family for months to receive it.

I had hoped to learn "Non-toxic" approaches to treatment that I could implement. While 3/4 of the book addresses this, perhaps the most hopeful of the treatments isn't able to be implemented in this manner.

For this reason I needed to rate the book as a 3. If you can afford the time and funds for a German treatment regimen, you may find this book to be a 5, so don't let my review inhibit your reading of it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By andrea on June 21, 2011
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Dr. Peper and Dr. Gorter emphasize the importance of boosting our immune systems (rather than just attacking cancer) as a viable, effective and at times less painful way of fighting cancer. Our immune system plays a vital role in keeping cancer away and current cancer treatment methods such as radiation therapy often overlook this simple, yet important fact. "Fighting Cancer" presents an easy way to understand not only what doctors such as Dr. Gorter are doing to treat cancer by utilizing our body's defense mechanisms but also shows us what we can do as individuals to protect ourselves and battle through cancer: simple things like breathing, exercise and even getting a good night sleep have tremendous fighting cancer abilities. This is a must-read for those of us wanting to prevent it and for others who want to explore an alternate route to their current cancer treatment.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Janis70 on July 7, 2011
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As an individual who has been dealing with the reality of cancer for the past 6 months I have found this book both informative and honest. My mother was diagnosed with cancer about 6 months ago and I was both shocked and devastated . I am the kind of person who looks for a more holistic and natural approach to these types of horrid situations and found this book somewhat of an eye opener. As I am dealing with the reality of cancer being in my life for literally the first time I have tried to find a lot of books with in the same genre and found this holistic and natural approach to this reality very much re-assuring and simplistic in its methods/ content which is great for the average reader . I hope to read more of Peper's thoughts and concepts on the subject of cancer as I am dealing with this horrible time in my family's life. I absolutely recommend this book to anyone who is dealing with the reality of cancer or simply wants to learn more about the topic.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kyle on June 17, 2011
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Erik Peper and Robert Gorter do a fantastic job explaining the nontoxic biofeedback approach to combating cancer. Their methods have proven successful in winning the battle against cancer without polluting the body with harmful toxins that often result in a whole new set of health complications. As someone fascinated by alternative healing, and thankfully thus far blessed with good health (knock on wood), I appreciate the importance the authors give to maintaining a low stress life and avoiding toxins whenever possible. In today's fast paced culture, so many of us have accepted high stress and unhealthy diets/lifestyles as inevitable; however, Peper and Gorter offer easy stress-reducing practices and outline the foods and toxins that are easily avoidable so as to keep our immune systems as healthy as possible without taking too much of our time and money. This book is a must read for those fighting cancer and those concerned with leading healthy lifestyles!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Manfred van Doorn on June 14, 2011
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Gorters and Pepers book holds up a mirror to the chemical and radiation approach and shows how little effect this old approach has and how destructive the side effects are. It offers a new way of looking to deep health issues and shows how to evoke the self healing powers of the body.
I have had the privilege of being treated in Cologne and knowing Gorter personally. I can vow for his professional standards, compassionate devotion and high integrity. His pioneering skills and his approach are probably the reason I'm still alive.
Even though the Gorter appoach is still limited to a few places in the world, the treatment is so effective that 'standard' hospitals are emulating some aspects (overheating the tumors) already. But then they infuse the tumor anyway with toxic chemicals. Let's hope that within a few years the more integral, non-toxic approach of the Gorter Model will be more accepted. If you think about it, it is the only way to go.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kathy B. Krassa on March 21, 2013
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I liked the part devoted to optimizing the immune sytem to fight cancer.

I didn't care for the part that did the lip service thing to your life depends on having a positive attitude. You can be the most positive person in the world and still get cancer and die. It is not your fault.
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