The Definitive Guide to Thriving After Cancer (Paperback)

A Five-Step Integrative Plan to Reduce the Risk of Recurrence and Build Lifelong Health (Alternative Medicine Guides)

By Lise N. Alschuler, Karolyn A. Gazella

Ten Speed Press, 9781607745648, 224pp.

Publication Date: October 8, 2013

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A companion to The Definitive Guide to Cancer, this practical and fully revised guide (formerly titled Five to Thrive) outlines a five-step plan integrating both conventional and alternative therapies for cancer survivors. 
You Have the Power to Thrive. If you or someone you love is a cancer survivor, you may be living in fear that one day it will return. But you can protect yourself and build a strong anti-cancer defense system of health and wellness with this practical five-step plan from Dr. Lise Alschuler and Karolyn Gazella. In this companion to The Definitive Guide to Cancer, Alschuler and Gazella teach you not just how to survive, but also how to thrive after cancer by integrating the best of conventional, natural, and alternative cancer prevention therapies to support and enhance your body’s five critical pathways. With simple, empowering daily actions that you can start today, it is the only program that provides the comprehensive approach needed for optimal health and recurrence prevention.

About the Author

Dr. Lise N. Alschuler and Karolyn A. Gazella have been collaborating since 2002. Together they are the authors of The Definitive Guide to Cancer. They also host the popular Internet radio show Five to Thrive Live! featured on the Cancer Support Network at For more information about them, visit

Lise N. Alschuler, ND, FABNO, is a naturopathic doctor with board certification in naturopathic oncology. She graduated from Brown University with an undergraduate degree in medical anthropology and received her doctorate in naturopathic medicine from Bastyr University. Lise currently practices at Naturopathic Specialists, based in Scottsdale, Arizona. She is past president of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, is a founding board member of the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians, and currently serves as a director on both the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology and the Naturopathic Post-Graduation Association. She is the vice president of quality and education at Emerson Ecologics, where she developed and manages the Emerson Quality Program—a rigorous quality assurance program for professional dietary supplement brands. She also works as an independent consultant in the area of practitioner and consumer health education.

Previously, Lise was the department head of naturopathic medicine at Midwestern Regional Medical Center–Cancer Treatment Centers of America, a Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations–accredited regional hospital offering comprehensive integrative cancer care. Prior to that, she was the clinic medical director and botanical medicine chair at Bastyr University Natural Health Clinic. She is widely recognized as an expert in cancer treatment and prevention and is a sought-after speaker to physicians, patients, and the general public. While Lise was in clinical practice in Seattle, Washington, she was recognized as one of Seattle’s “Top Doctors” by Seattle Magazine, she received the President’s Award from the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians, and she was named as one of the “Naturopathic Elders” by the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. Lise is also a breast cancer survivor. For more information, visit

Karolyn A. Gazella is the publisher of the Natural Medicine Journal, an innovative peer-reviewed medical journal for holistic-minded health care practitioners (www.naturalmedicine Karolyn has been writing and publishing wellness information since 1992. She is the author or coauthor of hundreds of articles and several books as well as the blog The Healing Factor, on In 2009, Karolyn was named one of the “Top 10 People in Integrative Health Care and Integrative Medicine” by the Integrator Blog. She is a volunteer for the Medicine Horse Program located in Boulder, Colorado, which is an innovative equine-assisted therapy program that helps high-risk youth. In 1995, Karolyn she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. For more information, visit

Praise For The Definitive Guide to Thriving After Cancer: A Five-Step Integrative Plan to Reduce the Risk of Recurrence and Build Lifelong Health (Alternative Medicine Guides)

“This incredibly valuable resource will serve not only to reduce the risk of cancer and its recurrence, but also decrease obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and many other chronic ailments in those who follow its sound advice.”
—Donald I. Abrams, MD, UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine

“By describing the epigenetic impacts on five key bodily pathways, the authors are able to effectively teach readers how to use this  information to positively transform their health.”
—Ajay Goel, PhD, Director of Epigenetics and Cancer Prevention, Baylor University

“Scientifically sound and deeply moving…a rare combination of education and inspiration.”
—Tina Kaczor, ND, Naturopatihic Oncologist and Senior Medical Editor of Natural Medicine Journal

“A powerful voice of compassion, optimism, and soulfulness.”
—Philippa J. Cheetham, MD, Department of Oncology, Columbia University Medical Center