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Founded by Patrick McGrady in 1983

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


Joan Runfola, LCSW, Director and Owner of CANHELP, LLC

Joan has practiced for over 25 years as a cancer counselor and health coach. Her experience includes:
  • Trained as Cancer Guide® with the Center for Mind Body Medicine® (CMBM).
  • Co-Chair of the Special Interest Group (SIG) on Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) for the Association of Oncology Social Workers.
  • National conference presenter on making decisions about complementary and alternative treatments (for CMBM, PanCan and Association of Oncology Social Work, 2005)
  • Testimony before White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy to highlight need for user friendly evidence-based information on CAM.
  • On state-wide advisory committees of New Jersey’s Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan and on New Jersey’s Task Force on Cancer Prevention, Early Detection and Treatment in New Jersey, to promote access to life-saving treatments, early detection and care for cancer

    Joan has formed many relationships over the years with both conventional and complementary/alternative oncology practitioners. She also:

  • Conceived, helped to create and plan the first ever statewide conference on complementary medicine in New Jersey, featuring many CAM presenters who are household names today
  • Co-authored two professional articles on CAM communication and helping patients make decisions about CAM, published in the Journal of Psychosocial Oncology—( and
  • Has run several CAM workshops and cancer support groups in the greater New York/New Jersey area.
    After many years as a cancer counselor in 1999 Joan was herself diagnosed with breast cancer. She is now a ten year cancer survivor who has used both conventional and alternative therapies to continue on her road to health. From both her personal journey and through counseling and coaching others, Joan has accumulated an abundance of information about cancer treatments of all types. She sees it as her calling to bring life-saving and life-enhancing information to CANHELP’s clients.

Madeleen Herreshoff, FormerDirector and President of CANHELP, INC.

Madeleen Herreshoff, MA (ABT) Psychology, was the former Director and President of CANHELP. She is a two-time breast cancer survivor, having used both conventional and alternative therapies to sustain a healthy remission. Madeleen amassed a wealth of information over the years about cancer treatments from a personal as well as a research perspective. It was her mission in life to share her knowledge with CANHELP's clients.

She served as a Breast Cancer Advocate/Consumer Reviewer for breast cancer scientific review panels at the U.S. Army Breast Cancer Research Program in Washington, DC, and the National Action Plan on Breast Cancer (NAPBC) in Bethesda, MD.

Madeleen was closely tied into the cancer network and visited cancer clinics whenever she could. She was in constant communication with numerous cancer colleagues who have websites and list serves (such as ,, the Amazon, Swallows breast cancer lists and the Annie Apple Seed Project at She regularly attended the Cancer Control Society's Alternative Cancer Convention in Los Angeles, CA. (

She co-authored a limited-edition book called TORSOS: A Breast Cancer Journey. At Harmony Hill cancer-patient retreat center in Union, Washington, ( she served as a staff member at their cancer retreat programs (modeled after Commonweal in Bolinas, CA). She conducted numerous workshops for cancer support groups in the greater Seattle area.

The Late Patrick M. McGrady
Founder of CANHELP

Patrick McGrady, Founder of CANHELP, passed away on December 12, 2003, after 20 years dedication to cancer patients. Patrick began researching cancer therapies when his father, a science writer of 25 years for the American Cancer Society and author of a landmark book on cancer research, The Savage Cell (Basic Books, 1964), was diagnosed with advanced colon cancer in 1979. Although his father had an inside track to cancer care, he found himself in a sea of confusion finding the right treatments. Over the years Patrick McGrady built up an impressive, world-wide data bank of cancer treatment information and physician consultants. He worked endlessly to help cancer patients all over the world, to find the best cancer therapies. Patrick McGrady wrote a Patients' Bill of Rights well worth reading. To read this fine document, click here.

Patrick M. McGrady wrote on medicine for more than 30 years. He was co-author with the late Nathan Pritikin of the best-selling Pritikin Program for Diet and Exercise (Grosset and Dunlap, Bantam Books, 1979); co-author with Richard Corriere, Ph.D. of Life Zones (Morrow, Ballantine); and author of Television Critics in a Free Society (Fund for the Republic); The Youth Doctors (Coward-McCann), and The Love Doctors (MacMillan).

His work with CANHELP was hailed by his clients, health writers, and groups such as National Alliance of Breast Cancer Organizations (NABCO), ECaP, the International Association of Cancer Victors and Friends, and other health care organizations.

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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