Dr Ralph Moss

Ralph Moss who has been educating patients about legitimate and innovative cancer therapies for over 20 years, is recognized worldwide as an authority on conventional, complimentary and alternative cancer treatments.

DR. Moss's PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENTS include: founding member and long-time advisor in the Office of Alternative Medicine (Natural Institute of Health) and a member, of the newly-formed, groundbreaking Cancer Advisory Panel of the National Institute of Health, numerous medical school, association and periodical advisory boards, author of 10 books, including Cancer Therapy, Questioning Chemotherapy, The Cancer Industry and Herbs Against Cancer and publisher of The Moss Reports, over 260 comprehensive reports available for a wide range of cancer diagnoses.

The Moss Reports are a unique collection of in-depth writings on nearly every cancer diagnosis. Because he believes so strongly that "knowledge is power," he has made writing and updating these reports the central focus of his professional life. Committed to providing cancer patients with the most thorough, accurate and unbiased information on cancer treatment available anywhere, he travels the world visiting clinics, interviewing patients and practitioners and studying published and unpublished data on each treatment.

Each report is between 40-60 pages and is personally researched, written and updated by Dr. Moss. Reports are available for a wide range of cancer diagnoses. From the report the individual will learn Dr. Moss's views on such things as the most promising alternative treatments for their type of cancer, such as nutritional, immunological, herbal and biological approaches, an overview of their conventional treatment options, an assessment of their chances for success with those treatments, which supplements they should avoid, and more.

When placing an order for a report the individual is asked for the specific diagnosis (with location of metastases if any) and whether the report is for an adult or child.

The cost of a report is (in U.S. funds) $275.00, including 2-day priority shipping inside the continental United States.

Dr. Moss has a strong belief in, and through his personal achievements has evidenced, the power of the individual to make a difference. He offers the following six helps on how the cancer victim can make a significant impact on the outcome of his or her own potential to survive this dreaded disease.

COMMUNICATING WITH YOUR DOCTOR.
Surgery. Radiation therapy. Chemotherapy. Hormonal treatments. These are the treatments most oncologists offer to cancer patients. When making treatment decisions, be sure to raise these questions with your doctor: Is there a debate about the extent of surgery needed for my kind of cancer? What is the success rate and what are the side effects of the treatment you're offering? Can you recommend a colleague for me to speak with whose treatment plan differs from your own?

DEFINING MEDICAL TERMS.
To be an educated patient it is crucial that you understand these terms. A response (also called a remission) is defined as the shrinkage of tumors by 50 percent or more for at least one month. Be aware that when doctors describe a treatment as having an excellent response rate, this may not correlate with an increase in overall patient longevity. Ask your doctor if the treatment increases real survival time, and by how much. Quality of life should be part of one's decision-making as well. Some conventional treatments, for example, may provide significant benefits, including pain relief. But others are highly toxic and make patients so sick that they say "the treatment is worse than the disease." Find out the likely effects, pro and con, of any treatment you are considering.

RETHINKING CLINICAL TRIALS.
For every type of cancer there is usually at least one experimental clinical trial in which patients may be eligible to participate. But does the patient want to go this route? The goal is to get well. Experimental trials are set up by scientists with particular research goals in mind. While they may hope one is helped through his or her participation, one's recovery is not the focus of the trial. From the patient's perspective, there are numerous problems with clinical trials. For example, some patients do not get an effective dose of the drug being tested, while others may be overdosed. Some patients are randomized to receive treatments already shown not to work and occasionally patients are still given inert placebos.

EVALUATING ALTERNATIVES.
Alternative medicine is an umbrella term for a wide variety of non-conventional and sometimes non-Western healing practices. Treatments as diverse as immunological therapies, diet modification, detoxification programs and herbal formulas are just some examples of what is called alternative medicine. Keep in mind that what constitutes "alternative" varies from country to country.

In the United States today, methods once derided as quackery (acupuncture and chiropractic, for example) are rapidly gaining mainstream acceptance. In fact, the Office of Alternative Medicine (OAM) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has begun to conduct scientific testing of promising and alternative methods.

As hopeful as this is, cancer patients are left with the urgent dilemma of deciding how if at all) to make alternative medicine part of their cancer battle plan. In some cases such treatments are most appropriate as helpers alongside conventional therapy.

In other cases the patient may choose to use alternative medicine as his or her primary treatment or as secondary prevention after the tumor has been removed. Other patients turn to alternative approaches only after their conventional doctors have said that there is nothing further they can do. Whatever one's circumstances, there may be some real benefits to be derived from a sensible exploration of these methods.

SEPARATING LEGITIMATE PRACTITIONERS FROM QUACKS.
How can one tell the legitimate practitioners from the charlatans out there? Here are some questions that can help a patient evaluate alternatives: Is the treatment given by licensed, credentialed practitioners? Are they open or secretive about their therapies, ingredients or procedures? Have they published scientific studies on the safety and effectiveness of their approaches? Do they belong to the relevant professional organizations and have the respect of their colleagues? Is their clinic or office sanitary and modern? Is their staff courteous, knowledgeable and professional? Remember that using alternative treatments need be no longer synonymous with rejecting conventional therapy or blindly putting one's faith in an unknown, undocumented treatment. Nor should one automatically reject a treatment just because someone denounces it. The term "quackery" has sometimes been applied to new medical ideas that threatened the status quo. In fact, radiation and chemotherapy were banded as frauds when they were first introduced. I advocate a responsible, rational and more integrative approach to the use of alternative cancer treatments.

BUILD A POWERFUL TEAM.
I've noticed that patients who take a team approach to their care often do the best. Here are some resources one can enlist to help: Cancer support groups, psychotherapists, chiropractors, acupuncturists, naturopathic physicians, religious, community and pastoral counselors, natural food cooking classes and holistically-oriented nutritionists, health spas, retreats and workshops designed for people with cancer, yoga, meditation and guided visualization books, tapes and classes and on-line information and support.

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