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THE Complementary Cancer Charity

CANCERactive - the UK´s number 1 complementary cancer charity.

Empowering you with more information on more cancer options to give you more personal choice and so increase your personal odds of survival.

Welcome to CANCERactive - the UK´s number 1 Complementary Cancer Charity; the UK´s number 1 Complementary and Integrative Cancer Charity

Back in 2001, when founder, and Chris Woollams´ 22-year old daughter, Catherine developed her grade 4 brain tumour, almost the first thing she read was a report in the doctor´s own magazine, the Lancet, which said that the drugs didn´t work - they offered no hope of cure. Nothing could help a young girl given 6 months to live. So father and daughter did their research - setting out to find something (anything) - alternative cancer treatments, the cancer causes and cancer information - that could help her stand a chance of beating her brain cancer. They quickly realised that the vast majority of UK cancer information only focussed on the three legs of Orthodox treatment - drugs, radiotherapy and surgery. But they also found that all over the world there was an abundance of quality research on treatments in three important areas, all with the potential to help her:

1. Complementary cancer therapies - from exercise to energy therapies, and from natural bioactive compounds to herbs - all things that can improve orthodox medicine, and increase your odds of survival.

2. New, emerging and alternative cancer therapies - like Ablation (For example, HIFU), localised hyperthermia, virotherapy and PDT; proving increasingly successful in other countries. Are they ´alternative cancer treatments´ or simply ´tomorrow´s cancer treatments today´?

3. Cancer Prevention - other charities seem to be completely unable to acknowledge the expert research available casting concern over Environmental Toxins, stress, EMFs and chemicals as possible causes. Importantly, if not addressed, they may still be the drivers of your cancer.

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They could not believe the volume of quality research information available on these subjects. Clinical trials and expert research studies abound, yet many Professors and Oncologists are ignorant of the facts, often claiming that these complementary and alternative therapies have no research to support them. It is simply not true!

And they realised that the way forward for cancer patients was to empower them, to provide ALL the information put simply in easy-to-understand English so they could make better, more informed personal choices. Cancer information, not just on orthodox treatments but on complementary and alternative therapies, and causes that might be still there driving your cancer. 

In that way, people touched by cancer can use the best of the best, building Integrative cancer programmes that best fit them, their personal needs, their personal needs, and their cancer profile.

The independent charity ...

… With no vested interests ...

CANCERactive takes no money from large corporations, nor does it receive money from any person or company related to the information appearing on this website, nor do our trustees and management take any remuneration. We are trully independent with no vested interests. How many other cancer charities can say that?

And, of course, our Independent stance talking about complementary and non-invasive treatments was attacked by the pro-Pharma propaganda machine, particularly the IT expert skeptics.

 … That gets it right ahead of the others

Then The American Cancer Society published a report in 2012, agreeing with us - ´There has been an ´explosion´ in research into complementary therapies, with ´overwhelming evidence´ that they can increase survival and ´even prevent a cancer returning´.

Then the NCI, no less, talked of what foods and natural compounds could prevent cancer stem cells re-growing into tumours. Then the science of Epigenetics said ´cancer was reversible´ and people with cancer ´are not doomed´. Hundreds of Epigeneticists have confirmed that the drivers of cancer cause blockages of crucial messages, and these drivers include poor diet, stress, environmental toxins and hormones such as oestrogen.

Good diet, reducing cortisol, the stress hormone, removing toxins, and excess negative hormones, exercise and good gut bacteria have all been shown to reverse DNA message blockages. Indeed, you are not doomed.

In 2017, the American Cancer Society published research into its Diet and Exercise Guidelines, which are remarkably similar to those of CANCERactive.

Go to: The CANCERactive guidelines on diet and exercise

In the research, all patients were stage 3, with metastases. All had had surgery and chemotherapy. Over a 7 year period those who most closely followed the Diet and Exercise Guidelines had 31% less recurrence, and 42% less death.

We know of no drug that can deliver figures like these!

Integrated or Holistic cancer programmes

We wanted to help people to pull the cancer information together to match their own personal needs and their own individual circumstances. So over time we developed the idea of helping individuals with their own Integrative (or Integrated, or Holistic) cancer therapy packages, using the best of the best from all the above areas. And so we created the ACTIVE8 PROGRAMME - click here to find out more.

Chris Woollams also helps people build their own Personal Programmes, tailored to their needs, cancer and life style.

Go to: Personal Prescriptions with Chris Woollams

In Cancer Watch, our research centre, we have witnessed the ´explosion´ the American Cancer Society was talking about; for example the latest American cancer research on complementary therapies such as stress management shows that patients who actively manage their stress (with counseling, exercise, diet, meditation and yoga) survive significantly longer than those who don´t. 

But, let us make one final point clearly. We do cover all the orthodox treatments - on this site you will find over 110 cancer drugs reviewed, articles by top surgeons, others by leaders in radiotherapy, with many interviews with oncologists and cancer experts.

Because of the nature and style of our site (it is full of articles and interviews), you may find that one expert thinks differently from another. After all, that is why some patients want a second opinion! If you disagree with something written on this site, all you have to do is send your research evidence to The Trustees and they will pass it on to our Medical Board of Doctors and Professors of Oncology to review it.

We just want to help you build a programme of complementary and alternative therapies around your orthodox treatment - the best of the best - to help you increase your personal odds of survival. And that is the basis of good Holistic, or Integrative medicine. 


The mission - Empowering people to beat cancer................

1 We provide our regular icon cancer magazine - over 50,000 copies going free into more than 640 UK Hospitals, cancer centres and health centres in libraries. icon (Integrated Cancer and Oncology News), in full colour and over 36 pages, is unique in the UK. (You can have it delivered to your home - click here)

2 We take the articles from the magazine and provide this website - an easy-to-read cancer magazine on the web. 

3 We have no big corporations supporting us. Our Trustees and senior staff take no remuneration. We are truly independent and we have absolutely no vested interests - in that way you can be sure, we tell the Truth - we just want people to avoid and beat cancer.

4 We offer people more personal choice - did you know that your oncologist has a legal duty to explain all your treatment options to you. If he doesn´t know that omega-3 or curcumin could help, how does that help you? Certainly, ignorance is no defence for him either. No wonder more and more oncologists write for us and read our site!

5 We help people build integrated therapy packages - through our unique ACTIVE8 PROGRAMME.

6 We adopt the Precautionary Principle to cancer prevention: That where there is expert research expressing concern, we tell you. It is your right to know and thus take the decisions you personally deem appropriate.

7 We are the People´s Champion - we don´t write for Doctors, or the drugs companies, or the Government. We write for you. If we have research showing mammograms are not quite what they are claimed, we will tell you.

8 We take our information out to people where it matters, for example by having icon in hospitals, by preparing cancer prevention programmes for schools, and by having Catherine Corners.

9 We embark on lecture tours, and we provide information and links to hospitals, clinics, suppliers of books and more. But we receive no funding from them quite deliberately, although we know other charities do. 

10. Chris Woollams also provides his own e news service for individuals across the world and for cancer support groups across the UK.

This is our mission. We are more than a charity providing information. We want you to hear the Truth so we can help people increase their personal odds of survival. Of beating cancer. Today.


CANCERactive. Intelligent Information. Independent Voice.

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CANCERactive information and publications (books, magazine and leaflets)

CANCERactive compiled books

Heal Your Gut Heal Your Body

A real paradigm shift - this book will help you really understand exactly what to do to be in great health.

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The Brand new 4th edition of Everything You Need to Know to Help You Beat Cancer

"This book is head and shoulders above the rest". Geoffrey Boycott

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The Rainbow Diet - and how it can help you beat cancer

"At last the definitive book on a diet to fight cancer". Mrs BS Devon.

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Brand new 3rd edition of Oestrogen The Killer in our Midst

"Learn how to take control of your oestrogen levels"

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