The Journey Through Cancer: Healing and Transforming the Whole Person

Jeremy Geffen, MD

Three Rivers Press,  May 2006

The Most Important Cancer Book You Will Ever Read

What do you do when your world is turned upside-down by a diagnosis of cancer? How do you sort through the dizzying array of conventional and nonconventional treatment options while also searching for meaningful ways of embracing the mental, emotional, and spiritual dimensions of healing?

The Journey Through Cancer answers these questions and more. Board-certified oncologist Jeremy Geffen, MD, has spent more than fifteen years providing treatment, guidance, and care for thousands of cancer patients and their families. In this groundbreaking work, he offers real and inspiring solutions to the unique challenges encountered on the cancer journey, while honoring and caring for the whole person -- and his or her entire family -- at every step along the way.

Full of practical guidance, The Journey Through Cancer will help you to:

  • Understand the essential aspects of conventional diagnosis, staging, and treatment.
  • Make informed and intelligent choices about the most effective, safe, and reliable complementary and alternative therapies.
  • Discover new possibilities for physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being.

paperback | ISBN: 9780307341815 | Publication Date: May 2006

"A timely addition to the medical bookshelf . . . Dr. Geffen lauds the benefits of complementary practices in treating the person as a whole. But he does not advocate swallowing these notions and potions instead of proven treatments. [He tries] . . . to address the emotional and spiritual needs of his patients and provide traditional care. These efforts will sound refreshing for cancer patients, many of whom feel they are simply cases being run through a treatment mill."
--New York Times

"When a sixty-nine-year-old friend was recently diagnosed [with cancer] . . . his family and friends wondered how he would manage his late-stage disease. Dr. Geffen's The Journey Through Cancer will be my gift to him to help him on his journey . . . Dr. Geffen's calm, balanced voice of experience convinced me that he is on to something."
--Journal of the National Cancer Institute

"Oncologist Jeremy R. Geffen, MD, has done medicine -- physicians, nurses, allied health providers, patients, and their families -- an extraordinary service in giving us this sensitive, thoughtful, beautifully written book."
--The Integrative Medicine Consult

"Dr. Jeremy Geffen is an oncologist of the future, one who integrates the best of traditional and nontraditional approaches. He addresses the physical as well as the psychosocial, emotional, and spiritual dimensions of health and healing. It is unfortunate that all people who are concerned with cancer can't have Dr. Geffen as their doctor; this book is the next best thing."
--Dean Ornish, MD, president of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute and author of Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease and Love and Survival

"I finished The Journey Through Cancer and immediately thought, 'The world is a better place because Jeremy Geffen is in it.' To find an oncologist who combines the latest medical knowledge with the wisdom of the heart is a miracle. Step-by-step he leads the reader through every dimension of cancer and healing, from the nitty-gritty of the physical to the importance of the spiritual. This is the single best book ever written for those with cancer and those who love them."
--Joan Borysenko, PhD, author of Minding the Body, Mending the Mind

"The Journey Through Cancer is a priceless gift. With love and grace, Dr. Jeremy Geffen creates a practical guide that stepwise builds enduring, complete healing of the body, mind, heart, spirit, and community. It can transform your very next day in the clinic to one of wholeness, joy, and endless possibility, and will in time reclaim for cancer medicine its fullest potential."
--John W. Rieke, MD, FACP, Medical Director, Multicare Regional Cancer Center, Tacoma, Washington

"Dr. Geffen's vast knowledge, experience, insight, and compassion in the treatment of cancer patients shine radiantly through in The Journey Through Cancer. This is a useful book for anyone facing this serious challenge."
--Deepak Chopra, MD, author of Quantum Healing and Ageless Body, Timeless Mind

"The Journey Through Cancer is an extraordinary book -- a must-read for anyone facing cancer. Dr. Geffen's understanding of oncology and healing, combined with his compassion and caring, raise the bar for oncology care."
--Congressman Dan Burton

"This is a superb contribution to the literature on integrating the best of conventional and alternative cancer therapies."
--Michael Lerner, president of Commonweal and author of Choices in Healing

"Dr. Jeremy Geffen offers all of us a wise, warm, and deeply informed vision of the kind of care that everyone with cancer should have. If you have cancer, buy this book."
--James S. Gordon, MD, director of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine and author of Comprehensive Cancer Care: Integrating Alternative, Complementary, and Conventional Therapies

"The Journey Through Cancer is an invaluable contribution for patients, families, physicians, nurses, and others involved in living with, treating, and caring for cancer patients. In this wonderfully engaging book, Dr. Jeremy Geffen provides both a practical guide and a range of choices through his seven-level program that will greatly enhance the lives of persons with cancer."
--Philip R. Lee, MD, professor of social medicine, emeritus, senior staff, Institute of Health Policy Studies, UCSF School of Medicine

"The Journey Through Cancer is written by a compassionate physician from the depths of his heart. The book captures, in a wonderful way, the importance of 'body, mind, heart, and spirit' as dimensions of ourselves and illuminates their roles in the healing process. It is a brilliant piece of work that undoubtedly will have an enormously positive impact on the lives of people with cancer and their families."
--Fawzy I. Fawzy, MD, professor of psychiatry, UCLA School of Medicine

"The Journey Through Cancer is a profound and deeply inspired guide for anyone dealing with cancer. Dr. Geffen skillfully leads you through every aspect of healing and transformation in a completely unique and practical way. His vision of multidimensional medicine is remarkable, real, and urgently needed. Don't miss this important book."
--Shirley Watson, DC, CCN, VoiceAmerica Network