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Founded by Patrick McGrady in 1983

An Information and Support Service for Lifesaving Alternative Cancer 
Therapies and Complementary Cancer Treatments



How is your service different from other cancer research services?

We customize our information and resources to your particular needs. We listen very carefully to your preferences of treatments and tailor the information on cancer treatment options accordingly.

The biggest concern of cancer patients is that they are overwhelmed with information and feel they need someone who is knowledgeable, compassionate and available to consult with when the need arises. As one of our clients said, CANHELP's service "has shifted me from an incompetent and frightened patient to an empowered, informed and determined-to-live-through-this individual...I have a team of my own creation and it continues to grow and evolve to my needs." There is no other service available as far as we know that provides this kind of an opportunity.

What treatments would you research that my team consisting of a surgeon, oncologist and radiologist would not already have offered?

At CANHELP we respect and search for treatments that work, whether they are traditional, cutting-edge, complementary or alternative treatments. For example, an oncologist will traditionally treat lung cancer patients with a chemotherapy combination such as Carboplatin and Taxol. Chemotherapy, the literature amply demonstrates, does not enhance survival more than a few months, usually less than a year. Then, when the prescribed regimen fails, the doctor customarily offers yet another chemo regimen. While this may destroy a few more cancer cells briefly, it also weakens the patient’s basic immune system defense and, in the long run, often hastens the patient’s demise. I often suggest that my client might benefit from a specific herbal soup combination, which, according to a study published in a peer-reviewed medical journal, gets better results than any chemotherapy program.

Do you only suggest alternative therapies?

No, we do not limit ourselves by any doctrine other than what will work best for the patient. Chemotherapy often works very well to stop rapid progression of disease. In the hematologic diseases, such as leukemia, it works better than it does with solid tumors. Therapeutic failure can be greatly minimized by prior testing of a chemotherapeutic agent against a small excised tissue sample or blood sample (in case of leukemia) from the patient. There is now also extensive DNA testing on micrometastases in blood available in Europe, which often identifies different chemotherapy protocols traditionally used for the primary cancer with very encouraging results.

Do you recommend clinical trials?

We are uniquely concerned with our client’s quality of life and survival. Unless the clinical trials involve fairly non-toxic agents such as a vaccine, a biological response modifier or immune stimulating therapy, and/or are in a higher phase of testing and have shown significant success up to that point, we usually do not suggest the client gets involved with clinical trials.

A word of caution about lclinical trials from scientists at Boston's Dana Farber Cancer Institute came in a report in the January 2004 Lancet (a prestigious medical journal): "Despite widespread belief that enrollment in clinical trials leads to improved outcomes in patients with cancer, there are insufficient data to conclude that such a trial effect exists." The authors explain that participating in a clinical trial is mainly an altruistic act, something a cancer patient does "for improving treatment of future patients," not for enhancing his or her own chances of survival.

What do you think of immunotherapy?

Immunotherapy can be extremely helpful to a patient as a prophylactic means of warding off a recurrence, once they have minimal disease. Many patients are understandably happy to get on with their life once they have finished their traditional therapy. However, the next six months may be a window of opportunity to encourage the immune system to wipe out any remaining cancer cells. Immunotherapy such as vaccines, powerful herbal remedies and supplements, administered by a knowledgeable medical practitioner, can be of great value.

Is it wise for a cancer patient to go to the most "respected" cancer hospitals?

Not always--however, it is very important to see diagnosticians at major cancer treatment centers. What we believe is important for the cancer patient, is not only to work with a highly knowledgeable, brilliant doctor, but also one who is compassionate and willing to listen to the cancer patient. Moreover, we recommend clients search out the oncologist who is willing to try the unusual, in other words someone who can function as a "gourmet chef of oncology".

Will CANHELP's services provide me with a cure for my cancer?

We do not claim to have a cure for cancer, however we do have clients who have recovered from very difficult cancer situations. The cancer patient's attitude and will-to-live is as much a part of the healing process as the remedies and therapies they select. When you feel empowered in the treatments you choose, the potential of healing is huge!

We all have to do our best to be well-educated and prepared in dealing with cancer and at the same time we need to realize there are no quarantees whether we are doing aggressive chemotherapies or alternative therapies. This is not an easy concept for cancer patients to embrace, however, in my opinion, having been there myself, it is critical to our well-being.

We have cancer clients who have been cured from their cancer by following up on the treatment options we offer. We have an 84 yr old pancreatic cancer client who was sent home to die, who is still very much alive without any signs of cancer for over four years, and a young woman who had a hepatocellular cancer who has been cancer free for over a decade. A 92-year old man with early prostate cancer with a PSA of 11 refused a biopsy and instead choose a novel treatment called HIFU outside of this country and has now a PSA of 0.5. This elderly gentleman traveled from the East Coast to Mexico after careful considerations on the pros and cons of therapies available. It took a lot of courage to travel that far for care. We are very proud of him!

Over the past 25 years, CANHELP has reached out to thousands of people, helping them find the best alternative cancer therapies as well as innovative cancer therapies worldwide.


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“In 1999, my doctors told me I had breast cancer that had spread to my lymph nodes. I decided to learn about my cancer and was open to investigating all types of therapies.
I am doing well today and I consider even the unconventional treatments I took to be my “medicine.” I understand the confusion and anxiety involved in making treatment decisions, and the courage it takes to travel off the beaten path of conventional medicine.”



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The information provided on this site is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose or treat any health condition and is not a replacement for treatment by a qualified healthcare provider.