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4.36 of 5 stars 4.36  ·  rating details  ·  2,261 ratings  ·  422 reviews
The New York Times bestseller takes us on an empowering journey and changes the way we think about fighting cancer

David Servan-Schreiber's story of his journey from cancer patient to health combines memoir with a clear scientific explanation of what makes cancer cells thrive and what inhibits them. Anticancer is filled with easy to understand charts and diagrams and a six
Hardcover, 274 pages
Published (first published 2007)
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Jeffrey Cohan
The shame about David Servan-Schreiber's book "Anticancer" is that if you don't have cancer, you're unlikely to read it.

It's a shame because the book's recommendations for lifestyle changes apply to everyone, whether you're battling cancer or not.

Besides, everyone has cancer cells and everyone is bombarded with carcinogenes, so it behooves us to do all we can to protect our health in the face of these internal and external threats.

Servan-Schreiber covers an enormous amount of ground in 220 pa
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Color me dubious. The further I read into this book, the more skeptical I became--which is a shame, because Dr Servan-Schreiber with his unique perch as physician, research scientist and cancer patient would, I thought, be the perfect person to sift the solid science from wishful thinking and outright quackery but...

This book is rated as high as it is because nothing in his proposed program could do harm (the mindset being a different story) and I couldn't help being fascinated by parts and move
John Harris
I can't begin to tell all that this book meant to me during my cancer fight. I stumbled across it a few days after my diagnosis. I wasn't looking for a cancer book. Yet, it changed my life.

This book showed me that I can do things to stay healthy, despite doctors saying there's nothing I could do. I still had to do six rounds of chemotherapy and surgery but this book still gave me valuable information and I think helped me stay alive.

The book follows Dr. Servan-Schreiber's story of his own "accid
Apr 20, 2011 Kelsey rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
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READ THIS BOOK EVEN IF YOU DON'T HAVE CANCER! It absolutely changed my life. I refer to it as my "bible" and there are marks, bookmarks, tags, underlines, notes etc. all that I've added myself. Thankfully, my good friend gave me the most current edition with new research on CELL PHONE use. I don't have children myself, but I do have an 18 month niece who I adore in every way, shape and form, and I have told my brother and his wife to keep the cell phone AWAY from her. Until she's at least 12 yrs ...more
Please: Save yourself four years scouring Medline and buy this book. Four years is approximately the amount of time it took for me to find about half of the scientific literature in this book. Later, if anyone says "But there's no scientific evidence that you can fight cancer naturally!" you'll be armed with a tome of evidence to the contrary.

The author is a straddler, and I admit I'm partial to straddlers. His expertise and experience have made him someone who comfortably straddles the worlds o
An amazing book that is full of fascinating FACTS based on scientific studies on ways to boost your immunity and fight off cancer with foods, changes in your immediate environment, and by enhancing the health of your mind-body connection. There are many things you can do that will make a difference in your odds of getting cancer and surviving it. After the author's own bout with brain cancer, he went searching for non-pharmaceutical things he could do to make a difference for himself and his out ...more
This book was recommended to me by the breast cancer case manager I work with who was treated for an aggressive breast cancer herself six or seven years ago. She said she got a lot out of this book and that many of her patients have, too.

I liked that the author provides scientific evidence to support his recommendations, but with a healthy dose of pragmatism. I think he very fairly marries conventional medical treatment with how diet, nutrition, stress management, and exercise have the potentia
Hamood Alsudais
This book is one of the best book I've read.
I bought it from Vancouver airport (2010) and it was my travel mate for my long trip but the thing I wanna to mention here is a short story happened to me when one guy at the plane came to me and asked me "why you reading that book?? " He answered to him self "because I had a prostate cancer and I followed a lot of things written at this book !! I play sport more than young did and my progress is very great !!! " .

This conversation changed my plan whi
Martha Love
AN IMPORTANT BOOK FOR PRACTITIONERS IN HEALTH AND PSYCHOLOGY! This book is so well written, and it has a great amount of research data included in an easy to read narrative style. I applaud Dr Servan for this very helpful book contribution in understanding the immune system and how it effects our health and well-being. I was particularly interested in his conclusion from medical studies that the ability to keep one's emotional state in balance and stress-free is also important to aid the immune ...more
I love this book. I was already obsessed with learning about food, so I knew a lot of what was in here, but now that I'm fighting with my husband against his disease, I'm more than motivated to know what foods (and other issues) help and hurt the healing (and cancer-prevention) process. I've not eaten meat for almost two months, save for fish, and although I doubt I'll ever announce myself a vegetarian, I won't be surprised if I never eat meat again. This book is fantastic. Whether or not you ha ...more
The nutritional advice in this book is a step in the right direction, but frustrating because a. the 'science' behind it consists mostly of epidemiological intuitions even though there is much more interesting science to be found, b. the author pulls his punches when it comes to dietary recommendations (inveighing against non-organic animal products but seeing organic as healthy, which they aren't), and c. (connected to a.) he seems to have missed pretty much all research into plant-based (vegan ...more
This book was selected by my book club and at first I was reluctant to read it. My mother had passed away from pancreatic cancer the previous month and I didn't even want to think about cancer, much less read about what she might have done to prevent it or lengthened her life. But I eventually began reading it and was inspired by it to make some changes in our lifestyle. This is not the first book I have read on this topic of changing diet, exercise and the existence of a mind-body connection bu ...more
Learned a lot about how to eat better. Here is the list I made based on advice from the book.

Green Tea – has to steep 10 min and be drunk within an hour
Agave nectar – (reduce white sugar, honey, brown sugar, maple syrup)
Olive oil – 1 tablespoon a day, don’t bring to smoke point (bad if used at high heat)
Spices - Turmeric – has to be mixed with a generous pinch of black pepper and olive oil (add agave nectar to remove slightly bitter taste). Rosemary, Thyme, Oregano, Basil, Mint, Parsley, Ginger,
A fantastic book for anyone who has cancer, or has a chance of getting cancer (that means you)! A bit repetitive at times, but I listened to the audio version; the text version might not have been so repetitive as it narrated all of the summary lists and suggestions.

The take away from this is to eat healthy, and exercise or there is a very good chance you'll either get cancer, or if you already have cancer, you'll die sooner. This book really makes the case (again) for eating organically, and ea
I'm sure I never would have been motivated to read this unless I'd had breast cancer this year, but that's probably true for many people who pick up a book with this title. The book was actually given to me by the lady who cleans my house. She is Brazilian and had heard of it, and when she gave it to me, early on in my chemo treatment, I put it aside, promising to myself that I would read it some day. Now I'm at the stage where I'm facing the "what next" in this illness, and I finally picked up ...more
I try to be sparing with my FIVE STAR ratings, but this is certainly the most important book I read in 2009 and maybe in the past five years.
This book is for you if you've battled cancer, know someone who has, or it is a part of your family tree - in other words this book is for everyone.
DSS has an amazing story (brain cancer survivor), incredible background (neuropyschiatrist, MD, PHD), and very strong pen. This book does three things that are so vital in today's society of ever-increasing canc
Mynde Mayfield
Wonderful, comprehensive with medical studies to back it up. Beginning with the biology of cancer itself, helping the layperson understand what's happening in our bodies when/how cancer is present and what we can do to prevent and/or compliment a western medical treatment protocol. I especially loved the section on the mind-body connection but wish he would have talked about Eastern medicine (herbs and acupuncture). The most valuable section of the book for me is on diet and this is one reason i ...more

Em 1992, no decurso de uma experiência realizada no seu laboratório de investigação, um psiquiatra francês, então com 31 anos, descobriu que tinha um tumor maligno no cérebro. David Servan-Schreiber aceitou combater a doença aliando o tratamento médico tradicional (cirurgia, radioterapia e quimioterapia) com uma filosofia e postura proactiva, que abrangia as terapias alternativas, e o que posteriormente veio a confirmar-se o essencial: um estilo alimentar
One of the best books I have ever read fiction or non-fiction! It is not just about avoiding cancer or leading a healthy life but it is about living and dying. Although the book talks a lot of about scientific research that has been done to support his recommendations which are incredibly interesting, it is also a very compassionate book that is written from the heart. The author is an accomplished MD and Ph.D. who talks about his family, life and experiences living with brain cancer for 19 year ...more
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Heidi (Yup. Still here.)
Even though I have read a lot of this information elsewhere it is always nice to find validation in alternative treatments from someone whose background originates the traditional side of medicine. I look forward to the day when traditional medicine embraces alternative ideas. With the two teams working together that would create the optimal healthcare experience IMO. This was easy to read and contained valid and useful information for everybody - not just cancer survivors (or as I like to be ca ...more
Dana King
Anticancer had a lot of good information in it, but was also full of pretension and bizarre & irrelevant stories about the author's ex-wives. I can't recommend it as a good reading experience. So here's a summary tailored for people interested in breast cancer.

The main message is that cancer is a chronic disease influenced heavily by the environment and lifestyle. Although mainstream western medicine is excellent at treating acute problems, it terrible at preventing and treating chronic prob
Education is so important to me and that is just what this book gave me: an education on cancer, cancer prevention, and fighting the disease using our own body's natural defenses. The word 'cancer' brings with it many fears and questions. This book dispelled many of the fears and answered many of the questions. Knowing the basics of how the disease works and spreads in your body is powerful. This book gives you that. But knowing how your body naturally fights cancer cells and learning what foods ...more
Michael Lepage
Aug 19, 2009 Michael Lepage rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone affected by cancer, past or present
Read my complete review on my blog at .

David Servan-Schreiber grew up in Paris. He became a doctor and scientist at the University of Pittsburgh. One day, his research subject failed to show up, so he volunteered to have a brain scan as part of the research study he was conducting with his colleagues. To his surprise,

he himself, discovered that he had brain cancer. And so begins a unique story - Schreiber's own journey through cancer as a young, budding d
Jesse Barnes
Interesting and well researched. I can't say the author makes himself likable: two divorces, the most recent for what appear to be very selfish reasons, and an undercurrent of arrogance or at least past arrogance and association with arrogance throughout. But despite all that he makes a compelling and hopeful case for taking control of one's life and health in a positive and constructive way. His recommendations on diet, mediation, and exercise all seem to be good ones, with a few glaring except ...more
Another cancer book that I would recommend to anyone who wants to live a healthier lifestyle. The author is a physician who found out he himself had brain cancer by accident while working on clinical trials. This chronicles his journey and how his own diagnosis changed the way he conducted his research, and eventually his life. It advocates a holistic approach but the nutrition stuff is actually backed up by hard science. It's not a self-help book, but he does touch on the subject of how such a ...more
Christine Theberge Rafal
This is a great book. The cover says all of us have cancer cells in our bodies (something my husband who does genetic sequencing informatics had also told me), but not all of us will develop cancer. The Action Pages near the end of the book offer concrete, practical advice for the lifestyle that can prevent 60% of cancers. Yes, eat more fruits and vegetables, but no they don't all have to be raw to keep their inflammation-fighting, immunity-boosting properties (eating foods raw preserves enzymes ...more
Beautifully written motivator to improve your lifestyle habits and your life overall. If nothing else, you’ll end up drinking more green tea. Better yet, you’ll also focus on relieving stress, exercising more, reducing environmental pollutants, reducing body fat, and eating more cruciferous veggies, mushrooms, garlic, whole plant foods, and omega 3s and less sugar, refined carbs, pesticides, and animal fats. While that sounds really dry and not so motivational, this book is incredibly moving. It ...more
"Gentle constant reliable presence is often the most beautiful gift our dear ones can give us." I am so glad Greg left this book behind at la Casa for awhile. (this is just one of the many magical things the grace here promotes without our ever pushing it) I have started reading it mostly in holding my sister, Cathy, closer than ever and wanting to understand her cancer if that's possible--tho it sounds like an oxymoron or some other form of putting words together that has the opposite effect of ...more
EVERYONE needs to read this book, especially those who don't have cancer as it can help you in avoiding it! And if you get it, how to help heal from it. Dr. Servan-Schreiber shows that those afflicted with the disease who take an active role and make necessary life style changes have the best chance to beat it while those who simply follow the doctors protocols do not. The information is remarkable and approached from the viewpoint of a cancer researcher and MD who 'accidentally' found out he ha ...more
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David Servan-Schreiber (April 21, 1961 – July 24, 2011) was a French physician, neuroscientist and author. He was a clinical Professor of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He was also a lecturer in the Faculty of Medicine of Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1.
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“Administered daily, Gleevec can “contain” cancer growth, which then ceases to be dangerous. We have reached the stage of “cancer without disease,” in the language of Judah Folkman, who discovered angiogenesis.59 It so happens that many herbs and spices act along some of the same lines as Gleevec. This is true of the labiate family, for example, which includes mint, thyme, marjoram, oregano, basil, and rosemary. They are rich in fatty acids of the terpene family, which makes them particularly fragrant. Terpenes have been shown to act on a wide variety of tumors by reducing the spread of cancer cells or by provoking their death. One of these terpenes—carnosol in rosemary—affects the capacity of cancer cells to invade neighboring tissues. When it is incapable of spreading, cancer loses its virulence. Moreover, researchers at the National Cancer Institute have demonstrated that rosemary extracts help chemotherapy penetrate cancer cells. In tissue cultures, they lower the resistance of breast cancer cells to chemotherapy.60 In Richard Béliveau’s experiments, apigenine—plentiful in parsley and celery—has demonstrated powerful inhibition of the creation of blood vessels, which tumors need to grow, and to a degree comparable to Gleevec. This effect occurs even with very small concentrations, similar to those observed in the blood after consumption of parsley.” 0 likes
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