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Cancer As a Turning Point: A Handbook for People with Cancer, Their Families, and Health Professionals Paperback – August 1, 1994

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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.
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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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Plume; 2nd Revised ed. edition (August 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452271371
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452271371
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,554 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Someone bought this book for me when I had cancer eight years ago. I continue to read it as a source of inspiration. I think this book should be repackaged under a different title that excludes cancer from it's title - because this is a book about living. And making choices to live a life in spirit and to your highest potential.
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This is an important, thoughtful book for thinking about complementary approaches to healing when living with cancer. The author does not call for replacing modern medicine but complementing it with therapeutic approaches that focus on getting the person with cancer to get in touch with highest aspirations and passions and to enact them! AS someone living with a dangerous cancer right now (ovarian), the book is extremely helpful. I believe in combining conventional treatments with a lot of alternative treatments and am skeptical of magical thinking. But this book is in the best sense practical. It makes sense that one's immune system is boosted by even planning (as the author discusses) the enactment of one's life-dreams.
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