The Breast Cancer Companion

A Complementary Care Manual: Third Edition
The Breast Cancer Companion book coverDespite the fact that most women with breast cancer seek complementary care while undergoing conventional treatment, there have been few reference guides written for healthcare practitioners who want to know more about complementary therapies until The Breast Cancer Companion.  The 3rd edition includes an expanded prevention of recurrence chapter and was revised cover-to-cover by guest editors who are specialists in medical oncology, naturopathic oncology, surgery and radiology.

Inside: You will find up-to-date information on how to safely combine conventional and natural treatments that support women during surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, hormone blocking medications, metastatic treatment including details on drug:nutrient and drug:botanical interactions and prevention of recurrence strategies.  You will learn which anti-cancer herbs, supplements and other clinically relevant natural therapeutics are safe and effective for patients to take for side effects.  Also included are dietary recommendations, cleansing techniques, guided imagery and other resources.

“The Breast Cancer Companion is a true gift to practitioners desiring to serve women with breast cancer from the heart and mind of a beloved naturopathic colleague.”

                –Dr. Tori Hudson, N.D., author of The Women’s Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine

“With nearly 20 years of experience in breast cancer care, Dr. Barbara MacDonald, N.D., L.Ac. has taken an enormous topic and condensed it into a clinically essential, referenced manual. The clinician who reads and uses this book will always be one step ahead of their patient in terms of understanding next steps, rationale for treatment and integrative options. This manual will make a master out of a dabbler. The information is presented in a comprehensive way and follows the typical chronology of breast cancer. Thus, the clinician constructs the integrative approach sequentially and in step with the patient’s experience. Each step is solidly built on scientific evidence and enhanced with clinical experience. It is also quite possible to use this book to hone in on one specific component of the breast cancer experience. Both the seasoned clinician and the new clinician will benefit from the protocols offered by Dr. MacDonald in this regard.”

 Lise Alschuler, N.D., F.A.B.N.O., author of Alternative Medicine Magazine’s Definitive Guide to Cancer: An Integrated Approach to Prevention, Treatment, and Healing.


Dr. Barb photoDr. MacDonald has served women with breast cancer as a licensed naturopathic doctor for nearly 20 years, as an acupuncturist, an educator, and support group facilitator. She gracefully balances research-based integrative medicine with body-mind-energetic healing using acupuncture, Chinese herbal therapy, CranioSacral Therapy and Qi Gong in her practice in Camden, Maine. Dr. MacDonald edited and expanded upon the first two Breast Cancer Companions that were co-authored with Dr. Kelly Jennings.