11 Tips for Cancer Patients


Hi Sweet Friends,

Many years ago, I celebrated (or avoided) Valentine’s Day like most people. Each year brought new ups and downs. Heartache, romantic plans gone awry, and some very sweet moments too. But February 14th, 2003 changed that day forever. I was diagnosed with an incurable, stage IV cancer.

Life stopped, and then transformed. Valentine’s day is a very different celebration now. I call it my cancerversary, a day of deep self-love, reflection, gratitude and re-birth. It took me over a decade to get to that sacred place. But I’m here now and if you’re newly diagnosed, trust that you will get there too.

Thankfully a kooky oncologist gave me the wrong expiration date. According to him, I should have croaked a while ago. Not so fast, hot shot! If you’ve been given one of those statistical projections, there’s an extremely good chance yours is wrong too. Once I found a better doctor for my disease, my entire world opened up. As you may know, I have a weird slow-moving (could get aggressive one day) sarcoma. And though I live with cancer, I do it in a healthy, harmonious way. In fact, as of my last scan, a handful of my tumors are smaller. Hip, hip cheers!

For many patients, cancer is no longer a death sentence. Really take that in. I would never say that life with cancer is easy, but it can be quite stunning and rich, even in the midst of the pain. In this blog I’m sharing eleven tips that have helped me feel better along way. I think they’ll be useful for you too. And I love you…

1. When the going gets tough, take a really deep breath.

This is the first (and most important) move you can make when the shit hits the fan. There will be endless ideas, advice, theories and medical bullying slung your way. Your breath is the gateway to your intuition, it will help you navigate the noise. Breathe and listen. Your breath also has the power to reduce stress (more on that below). When we’re in prolonged fight or flight mode, it’s hard to make decisions and easy to get depressed, anxious and exhausted. Breathe.

2. Find the best oncologist for your disease.

If I had listened to the first doctor, I wouldn’t be here today. Triple organ transplant? That’s just stupid. Thankfully I was willing to travel to find the best oncologist for my sarcoma. If you’re newly diagnosed (with any medical life lemon), I highly suggest you do the same. Your life is in their hands. Do they have experience and access to the latest research? Are they tapped into a network of colleagues who can talk about your case? Your local hospital probably won’t cut it. My oncologist at Dana Farber Cancer Institute understands all the current traditional treatment options for my disease. I still haven’t had any conventional treatment, but should my disease become aggressive, he’d be my first stop.

How to find an Oncologist: Start by Googling the top 10 cancer hospitals in the U.S. Also, use the resources below to explore the best oncologist for your specific cancer. In addition to these tips, network! I’ve found the best oncologists by speaking to my doctor, family, and friends.

3. Your oncologist isn’t enough.

Build an integrative team. Integrative and Functional medicine practitioners treat your whole body, not just the symptoms. How do they do that? With dietary recommendations, targeted supplements, IV’s, stress management tips and other integrative therapies that improve your overall well being, including boosting your immune system.

How to find an Integrative MD: Check out the directories below. Again, network your butt off. Ask around and interview the prospective healing candidate—that’s right, they work for you.

4. Reduce inflammation. Eat plants.

In a nutshell: Embrace gorgeous greens, beans, legumes, nuts, seeds, whole grains, sea veggies, fruits and vegetables galore. Crowd out inflammatory, hormone-filled animal products (even when organic) by filling your plate with plant-strong whole foods. And while you’re at it, dump the processed white stuff, especially sugar (it feeds cancer). Speaking of sugar, choose low-glycemic fruits and desserts. If you’re not interested in going full tilt vegan, make plants your main dish and animal products the side dish. Reduce your consumption to 2-3 times per week and avoid factory farm products at all costs. For delicious recipes, check out our recipe section at and Crazy Sexy Kitchen.

5. Juice your ass off. Not sugary juices.

Not store bought processed juices. Fresh green, healing juices that you make yourself. Organic is definitely best if you can afford it. If not, check out the dirty dozen and the clean fifteen and do your best to avoid highly chemical laden produce. Without a shadow of a doubt, my daily low-glycemic green juice practice has allowed me to thrive in spite of my obstacles. My basic juicing rule is a 3:1 ratio. Three veggies to one low glycemic fruit. You can also add lemon as it has very little sugar. Juices are nutrient dense, hydrating, energizing, and medicinal. If you only have a blender, that’s fine too, make low glycemic green smoothies. Cheers!

6. Choose safe personal care and cleaning products.

The average person uses 9 personal care products per day containing about 126 chemical ingredients. But the FDA doesn’t review or approve the majority of these products before they go to market. In addition, companies aren’t required to test their products and are allowed to leave hazardous chemicals off their labels. So it’s no surprise that many of the chemicals found in personal care products have been linked to increased risk of cancer, infertility, birth defects, hormone disruption etc. Babies, children, teens, adults — we’re all exposed to these chemicals on a daily basis and there’s still much we do not know about their long-term health effects. The same holds true for household cleaning products. Is your laundry detergent safe? Find out. Use the Environmental Working Group’s tools and resources to learn how to lessen your exposure to toxins.

7. Sedentary lifestyles are actually dangerous.

While it’s important to rest, lack of exercise actually speeds up muscle wasting, weakens your endurance and immunity, and creates more fatigue. Your body needs to move and stay strong. You’ll handle cancer treatments better and recover faster when you have more muscle tone and flexibility. Did I mention proper bowel movements? Yeah, that too! Exercise also reduces inflammation and growth stimulators like estrogen, insulin and IGF-1. Studies have shown that even short bursts of exercise can have impressive results for your health. You don’t need a lot of time or fancy equipment to make a difference. But you gotta to get out of your chair and commit to some form of moderate exercise on a regular (almost daily) basis. Light weights, Yoga, dance, martial arts, whatever rings your bell! Start with 10 mins a day and see if you can work up to 30 minutes.

8. Sleep like a champ.

A proper nights sleep, especially between 11 pm and 7 am will help you heal, for real. Not only will you be able to respond to treatments better, but restful sleep activates your body’s own regenerative abilities. You don’t have to enter monastic life and stick to perfect sleep hygiene, ya just need to create the conditions for more sleep on a consistent basis. Keep your room cool, block out all light, dump the coffee by noon—or switch to green tea (coffee = 140 milligrams of caffeine per serving. Green tea = 25 milligrams), peel back on the alcohol and drink it earlier with food (alcohol disrupts melatonin and blood sugar), give yourself time to wind down and set a loving intention: May I be peaceful, calm, and sleepy!

9. Wrangle your stress.

Stress releases a cascade of hormones in your body. This is all well and good when you need to run or move out of the way quickly. But when the source of your stress is prolonged, like a cancer diagnosis that takes years or even a lifetime to manage, stress can become your number one enemy. Being diagnosed with cancer is one of the most traumatic events that can happen in anyone’s life. But there are ways to manage the panic so it doesn’t weaken your immune system, disrupt your sleep and create more illness in your body. Meditation, hiking in the woods, pottery, yoga—anything that gets you out of your head and into your heart/body. In addition, you may need some good ole professional support. Yup, a shrink. Also, check out Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT or tapping), it’s absolutely remarkable. Figure out what works for sweet you, and don’t forget a good ole massage from time to time. We hold so many issues in our precious tissues.

10. Accept where you are right now.

Unconditional acceptance is the path of the spiritual warrior. It takes courage to embrace your current situation, to be present and loving towards yourself exactly as you are. You are your reality. You are your truth. Can you change? Absolutely! But even talking about change puts us in the future. And while there’s definitely a time for that, building a strong foundation on the now will allow you to consistently love and care for yourself. Stop for a minute. Give yourself props. Take in your good. If you’re hell bent on strategizing about all that could be better, then you must promise to give equal time to what’s amazing right now.

When I was first diagnosed, my burning goal was remission. Anything else seemed like colossal failure. And even worse — my fault. Eleven years later, I’m a master at my own advice. I accept me, cancer and all. Does that mean that I’ve given up on my health? Of course not!

Acceptance is different from quitting. It means that no matter what happens, you won’t abandon yourself in your time of need.

And here’s the the part that contributes to your overall well being: Acceptance allows you to rest, renew and replenish. You are your own angel.

11. Educate yourself.

Here are two books that have been cancer lifelines for me.

1. Life Over Cancer by Keith Block M.D.

2. Crazy Sexy Cancer Tips by Kris Carr (yours truly—writing that book rescued my life).

You are a treasured member of my virtual family and I love you. Keep taking care of yourself.

Peace & thriving,

Kris Carr


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109 responses to 11 Tips for Cancer Patients
  1. You are an amazing woman! Thank you for being so real and for sharing the way you do! :) xo

  2. thanks chris, you are veryinspiring!!!!,

  3. Kris, thanks so much for this and everything that you do! I was diagnosed with borderline ovarian cancer two years ago, a week after turning 30. After surgeries and two years of hoping it would go away (it didn’t), I “randomly” came across Crazy Sexy Cancer Tips and read it cover to cover. I can’t express how much you’ve helped me to shift my thinking from passive to proactive. Thanks!

    • Kris,
      I have adenocystic carcinoma – a similar slow grower which can just to decide to take off. you mention to network so here I am networking with you. Can you share the name of your integrative MD? I am in CT and willing to travel. Thank you

  4. What’s so important also, is how with the exception of #s 2 and 3, people who desire changing their lives for the healthier should be implementing this entire list into their daily lives. It’s a work in progress for me, to be sure, but every time I read stuff like this, it hits home because I know deep in my soul, that I will feel better and live a longer, healthier life by taking an integrative approach. Thank you so much for posting these!

  5. I have enjoyed reading your posts about the juicing… I had no idea about your diagnosis… BUT as you have proven – JUICING DOES THE TREATMENT JOB!!!… GOD BLESS YOU and may you CONTINUE WITH GOOD HEALTH

  6. Congratulations on your “anniversary”. Thanks for sharing so many well researched and documented tips. You are truly courageous. Keep up the good work.

  7. Congrats on truly LIVING with cancer! Love this post–no matter what type of cancer one has or at what stage, it’s so important to take back one’s control. There’s hope in just being able to do loving things for oneself. Look forward to getting your emails every week!

  8. Kriss, Thank-you for giving us the empowerment to make some positive changes in our diet. I do not have cancer, my precious daughter, Arthina age 37 diagnosed at age 33, does. I think when we read these blogs everyone interprets them differently. I embraced the idea of juicing and your delicious smoothies as a way to incorporate vegetables and fruits into my non-existing veggie and fruit eating habits. We too searched out the best oncologists to fight my daughter’s rare form of kidney Cancer called xp11.2 translocation renal cell carcinoma. We were told to take her home and that was not good enough for her, her twin sons, or her family and friends; that was 4 years ago also on Valentines Day! I used the My first advise to others fighting cancer is to do your research. I used U.S. News 2013 Edition to find Arthina’s dr.’s in Arizona at Mayo, who specialize in Kidney Cancers and is 4th on the list of top 50 cancer hospitals. Educating ourselves is not “false hope.” Thank-You. Sandi

  9. Kris, you are SO inspiring! Thank you for your blogs; it makes my day when I see them pop up in my email. Keep doing what you’re doing….you’re obviously doing it right. Congratulations on your 11 year cancerversary!!!

  10. Interested in hearing what you have to share about starting up an internet based business.

  11. Kris, thanks for the post. One book I found helpful in my treatment was “Anticancer: A New Way Of Life by David Servan-Schreiber”, seemed to resonate with me somehow. I look forward to your next anniversary post. All the best.

  12. Kris, Thank you! I love you! thank you! Health for you!

  13. Hi Chris,
    You and I share the same cancerversary – except mine was 25 years ago. After the intial shock and fear subsided (the fear was always there but I gently nudged it to the background) I went into She Ra Princess of Power battle mode and focused on me. I started taking vitamins, meditating, healthy eating, daily visualizations and made some major lifestyle changes which included councelling and ending a disfuntional marriage.
    I now juice almost daily and follow your blog. I’m also a big doTerra Essential Oils fan. I am a survivor and you are too!! You go girl!!

  14. Dear Kris,

    Thank you so much for your work, books, advices, recipes and for building this fantastic loving virtual family. Every week I am thrilled to read your newsletter. I wish you all the VERY, VERY BEST for EVERYTHING!!!

    I have never let a comment before. I haven’t been inspired or too shy or thinking that I have nothing special to write here. But today, I can not stop myself 😉 I would love that everybody on earth speak English to be able to read you every week as well as watching Marie TV! I am a B-Schooler from last year and have listened and loved the Spotlight Course.

    In fact, I am watching and reading you, Marie Forleo, Marianne Williamson, Danielle Laporte…, working to build a better, greater world, and this is the most inspiring thing I had read/followed so far. You are amazing women and I fully believe in Danielle Laporte when she said that the Dalai Lama said to her that the future of the world is Women 😉 I am not feminist at all, but am convinced that women were not present enough on the Public area so far… Our way of thinking is so different… the world needs it!

    I am living in London and won’t be able to support Marianne Williamson on her way to the Congress but my heart is with her, with you all!!!

    Much love, Fred x.
    PS. Have you read “The Female Brain” by Louann Brizendine? A must read (and great fun) book about women!

  15. Thank you Kris for sharing your journey with the world, you’re quite an inspiration. I’ve bought your books for everyone in my family (2 of which are cancer thrivers). Basically, wanted you to know…I’m a fan! Wishing you well.

  16. Congratulations on your cancerversary Kris! I love your posts and read every one. These tips are excellent and need to be in every cancer survivor’s toolkit. I’m not a cancer survivor but I lost my younger sister to lung cancer four years ago. I don’t know if knowing about you back then would have saved her, but I know it would have helped her tremendously….she, sadly, did NOT have a good oncologist. By the way, your tips above are sage advice for everyone desiring vibrant health. Those of us without cancer who love your blog can just disregard tips 2 and 3 and breathe in gratitude in their place! xx

  17. Kris, Thanks for all your healthy informative avenues. My husband and I have watched your documentary on cancer, and now we have read your book, Sexy Crazy Cancer and most recently ordered your new recipe book. Three years ago I had started to read your book because my brother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Unfortunetly he passed away 5 months after being diagnosed. I recently picked your book up and have been following your suggestions. We have been making smoothies, eating entirely a plant based diet and even started daily yoga. Previously we were Pescetarians. Bless you for all of your research and success. Thank you for all your love, sharing and caring. Congratulations on your 11 year cancerversary and may there be many more years.

  18. Thank you Kris, just woke and read your email , popping up now to do my meditation a great way to start my day.
    Was only diagnosed 4 months ago with stage 4 lung cancer with secondly tumours in my brain surgery was attempted in my brain but was to risky . My chemo and radio treatment has finished and Iwill have scans in a few weeks then results,
    I have found my way to your story thru my organic grocer,you are so inspiring and I feel scared but good . Thank you again
    Love Debra

  19. Kris,
    You are such an inspiration to me. I was diagnosed in August 2012 with stage IV colon cancer with metastasis to the liver. I had 2 major surgeries in March 2013. In July of that same year, my cancer returned to my liver and I was devastated. Within a few weeks I started to make major shifts in my life like you have done. I am in chemotherapy but do so much more than that. Dietary changes, juicing, supplements, yoga and mind/body connection etc… Thankyou for putting such valuable information out there for people to read. Cancer can be beaten. We are living proof!

  20. Dearest Kris…..Your book Crazy Sexy Cancer and the documentary was the first time i actually smiled and KNEW I was on the right track! That was almost five yrs. ago and although a lumpectomy and then a double mastectomy followed…the love and so smart info I have followed from you my dear has made a huge difference in my continuing thriving…….Thank you Thank you You help so many of us and we LOVE you big time!!!!!!!

  21. Kris,
    I have adenocystic carcinoma – a similar slow grower which can just to decide to take off. you mention to network so here I am networking with you. Can you share the name of your integrative MD? I am in CT and willing to travel. Thank you

  22. Great article! I was happy to share it with a relative who is currently battling cancer. Your article gives hope and encourages others (who aren’t sick – YET) to take care NOW! xx

  23. You are a true inspiration.I am a two and a half year laryngectomy survivor.I
    am going to take your advice on diet starting now.Thank You and God Bless

  24. Oooh Kris, a huge congratulations on such an amazing milestone. You are an absolute inspiration! I have just returned home this morning from another treatment, I too am on my own cancer journey, and was feeling quite sick and overwhelmed, I just read your post and my tears have stopped and I am feeling empowered again. Thank you once again for being a shining beacon and a vision of hope to many of us that have been given no hope. Here’s to another wellness infused year. ❤️ Nicole

  25. Kris,

    You are amazing and Ialthough just “met” you, I already love you – I love your strength and the message you have for anyone who is facing the scary new world of cancer. I had a more simple form of ovarian cancer when I was 19 – that was 22 years ago and boy could I have used your support then. You are so right about acceptance – to make peace with yourself is to make peace with your whole self, cancer and all. Its been many years for me but as I look back on that scary time I can honestly say (and unless you’ve gone through it) it was an experience I wouldn’t give up – it defined who I was, it gave me strength to care formyself when prior to that I had no voice – I still cherish the memory of watching MTV with my sister as she shaved my head with a pink razor and when I finally said goodbye to each strand. I found myself deep within the shell of how the world viewed me and became the me I am now after all was stripped away and rebuilt.

    Thank you so much for being an inspiration to others who need to know that they have a voice within themselves and power to find their own peace in whatever form that may be.

  26. Kris Carr is a Super Rock Star! Thank you for being so open and sharing your life with the world.

  27. Powerful article Kris! And so timely for me… I spent this past Valentine’s day in an oncologist’s office who recommended removing my thyroid for ‘suspicious’ thyroid cancer…this coming 17 years after being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in my early 20s. Here we go again?? Thankfully my handsome hubby was there holding my hand throughout all of it, then and now. Your tips are awesome, as is your story – truly an inspiration… thank you!

  28. Hi Kris,

    I did not know about your cancer diagnosis before I began subscribing to your blog. I don’t know how I found your blog. Maybe my own personal angel led me to it. Like you, I received a life altering cancer diagnosis in March 2010. My cancer, like yours, is incurable. It is multiple myeloma and when i was diagnosed I already had innumerable tumours in my spine and throughout my body. I opted for conventional treatment – a stem cell transplant and a lot of strong chemo. I was prepared for the worst – but I also hoped for the best.. and here I am today, still alive. Many of the tumours I have are under control and I am in a near complete remission. I do have to stay on a constant chemo regimen but I am lucky that I can take it in pill format. I have been committed to finding food that helps me maintain good health and I guess that is how I stumbled onto your blog. I began following a lot of the recommendations, including juicing, which I LOVE. I didn’t think I would like it but I can’t go without it now. I am also a vegetarian. So thanks to you – I really am trying to make strides with keeping my immune system strong and healthy. Even though I have no scientific proof, I think that eating well can stave off cancer. Even if it does not cure cancer, good food, meditation, and living the life you want can improve the quality of life for cancer patients. Blessings to you for sharing your story.. Hope you had a loving Valentine’s Day.
    Debi Sheffield

  29. I am 61 years old and was diagnosed with Stage 3 or 4 (still don’t know) non operable advanced pancreatic cancer 11 months ago and went through 11 rounds of the toughest chemo they give and did (and do) alternative therapies. I am now back to teaching several exercise classes a week and going to Zumba and taking belly dancing. Love your tips!

  30. You are an Angel…you are right on!
    And that’s why you are blessed.
    I love that you are in this world!
    Love and peace to you

  31. Woo hoo!! Happy cancerversary gorgeous heart.

    You are a true earth angel.

    Thank you so very much.


  32. Kris you are special and I love you too…:-)

  33. Thank you for this. I have been overwhelmed and negative about my own medical news and this shifted things for me!

  34. You are amazing!

  35. YOU, my friend are truly awesome and amazing!

  36. Cheers to cancer remission Kris! Thank you for all you do to inspire and educate. In March of 2008 I was diagnosed with stage 3 Hodgkins Lymphoma. A friend gave me a copy of your first book and I was hooked. I went through chemo, a stem cell transplant in 2009, and then more chemo and radiation in 2010 , all the while integrating clean eating, stress reduction, exercise, etc. Unfortunately my lymphoma is recurring and I’m in the process of consultations etc. I’ve learned that I will have to be okay with being a ‘cancer thriver’ like you, as I will likely be able to keep the disease at bay but not be cured. What you say about acceptance really resonates with me. This disease may always be a part of who I am and I have to be okay with that. It’s given me the courage to leave a job that was physically and mentally draining me for years, and start my own business making natural deodorant ‘Dom’s Deodorant’…thank you from the bottom of my heart for being on this journey ‘with me’!

  37. Thank you Kris for being my very own angel today! I woke up today with your email full of positivity and acceptance, just what I needed. I am a young 40 years old living with congenital myasthenia gravis, and spent yesterday at the doctor hearing about all my limitations present and future…and feeling my heart getting smaller and smaller and my stress levels leaving me sick to my stomach – literally;) Today is the day to rest, renew and replenish, tomorrow i can re-strategize and still make my dreams come true.
    Love, Caroline

  38. Just found out I have tonsil cancer and my first appointment with oncology team is tomorrow.
    Thanks for these tips…as a Babe in the Woods at 61 years old, these put me at ease a bit.

  39. I am so honored to have met you at I Can Do It 2014, San Jose. You were wicked funny and a great “profiler”, if I might say! lol You rendered me speechless with your kindness. I have benefited so much from your information and positive affirmations. I am happy for you that the steps you have found to guide your life have given you peace and gratitude for this crazy journey we call life. Luckily, we all benefit from your sharing as well. Blessings to everyone in your circle!


  40. I want to say thank you for everything Kris Carr. You’ve been awesome! I also got diagnosed with epithelioid hemangioendothelioma last year at the age of 23 single mom of a 7 year old. Its been a roller coaster ride but all I could say is with lots of faith and a positive attitude it can make anything happen. This is not the end its only the begining! :)

  41. Thank you Kris. I lost my mom last year and am still so frustrated with all parts of the experience. knowledge like this can SAVE YOUR LIFE.

  42. Hi Kris,
    When my wife told me about your story (from Marie’s campaign) I thought : “Waouw, this is awsome”. As a Holistic Practitioner I love reading Inspiring Stories like yours. It give so much energy and hope to others!
    On the other hand, I cannot read such awsome energy without sharing my own expertize. I may have some references that you would like to know (not well known in US yet) and I would be more than happy to give them to you. Have a wonderfull day and thank you for your Energy! From Belgium, David.

  43. Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!
    Kris, your positive insight has created a shift in my life and I’m going to pay it forward.
    Peace & Blessings!!

  44. You’re very inspiring to allot of people ,I find some of this advice great if you don’t have colon cancer .We cannot eat whole foods or cleanse our bowels . Especially if you have stage 4 metastatic colon cancer. This is all very confusing to me because I before I was diagnosed with canser .I ate a healthy , high fiber and did regular workouts . Now my life has me eating low fiber and not great nutritional options . The chemo they put most of us on we cannot drink cold smoothies and have to have everything at room temperature . I have been searching for answers to remain healthy while in treatment . Is there anything in anyone’s research that help ?? I feel someone needs to speak out on behalf of the some of us who simply aren’t giving up on living but want a chance to eat healthy , recover and live life !!

    • The Dietician’s at The Block Center in Chicago would be able to advise you honey. I can imagine that’s difficult. You could also email Jen Reilly RD. Check out her blog, The bitchen dietician.

  45. I want to thank you for sharing your knowledge as well as your crazy sexy experiences. I being a nurse and having a husband who had been diagnosed with the same cancer that you have helped me to help him. For some reason I was lead to believe that you needed a referral for every thing so there fore we were a little late in seeking another specialist. We also traveled to Dana Farber Cancer Institute thanks to you and your help providing us with the information. The sarcoma specialist that my husband was seeing had refused to call Dana Farber Cancer Institute after I had read about you Kris, I think he thought I was crazy. All I knew is that you were alive and well and I wanted for my husband the best possible treatment . When I informed his oncologist {not the sarcoma specialist} that we had called and made arrangements to see a sarcoma specialist at the Dana Farber Cancer institute he was so excited and practically speechless . He couldn’t believe that we had gotten in. It wasn’t hard to do and they were so helpful. He learned from my husband as this is such a rare cancer and It wouldn’t surprise me if he would now recommend Dana Farber to other patients. I wish that I would of known sooner that I could call on my own and not take no for a answer from the sarcoma specialist here. Thanks again Kris you truly are amazing!

  46. I’m also a cancer survivor!
    I’ve been through some difficult times, but now I know cancer is the best thing that ever happened to me (no joke!). I have never felt more alive and peaceful. I trust life more than ever before and have learned to manage fear.
    I am now working a s a therapist over Skype and in person in Stockholm, Sweden.
    More about stress relief here:

  47. What a terrific and insightful article, thank you!

    May I suggest #12 – write about it! American psychologist Dr James Pennebaker did the first research in this area as long ago as 1986 and since then hundreds of studies have been carried out. The majority of studies have confirmed that writing about emotional trauma has positive physical health effects. These effects are not only measurable through subjective self-reporting – ‘I feel so much better after that’ – but are objectively measurable through such key markers as fewer visits to the doctor, improved sleep and changes in immune function.

    The Chemo Chic Project is a not-for-profit website that exists to tell YOUR story. If you have been affected by cancer, either your own diagnosis or that of a loved one (and, hey, doesn’t that include just about everybody on the planet?) then this is the place to share your story. Whether it be insight into how you have coped, a recipe, a poem or some tips about wigs, clothes or beauty products, sharing your story will help another person – and will probably help you too.

    We are accepting submissions at:

  48. Hi Kris –
    You are such an inspiration to me. I have Stage 4 esphogeal cancer. Diagosed in October 2012 I was given six months to live. 16 months later I’m still here and feeling great. Yes I will probably have cancer the rest of my life, but that is fine with me. I live in Boise, Idaho and plan on attending the Wellness Program in Sun Valley in May. I look forward to your presentation.


  49. Thank you Kris!!!

  50. Excellent post. You cover a lot of important topics with regard to cancer. My wife is 10 years out from her metastatic breast cancer. I advocate a whole foods, plant-based way of living to all of my patients after I witnessed what it did for my wife’s health and mine. Plants are remarkable medicines and anti-inflammatory and ALL animal products are inflammatory. I have a female patient with a history of lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis. Three years ago she was nearly 100% disabled. She adopted a plant-based way of eating and is healthy today and working at Whole Foods. Plants contain MORE cancer-fighting phytochemicals than what has been discovered and used by oncologists. Eating a wide variety of highly colored plants is the BEST medicine for not only preventing, but fighting cancer.

  51. My Mother was recently diagnosed with a Sarcoma. Will you please share with me which Dr. and clinic you finally found to help you????

  52. Kris, I wanted to say how much you have inspired me to make a difference since my cancer diagnosis in 2010. I watched your DVD which I loved and follow you. I have since created Focus on Living School which is an online program for women with a cancer diagnosis to take charge of their life. I would love you to have a look and see what you think. Last year we ran the first pilot program and had some great results. I also did Bschool which I found really helpful to get an online business up and running. Love Brigette xx

  53. Hi Kris, up until yesterday I didn’t know of your journey. A family member was diagnosed with epithelioid hemangioendothelioma. She contacted me and asked if I could somehow ask you a couple of questions that would hopefully help her. She wanted to know what medicines you took and if you are completely cured or if you were still fighting. She does not speak english but is following all your advice. Thanks for any information. I asked these questions on your FB page as well, hope you dont mind i wasnt sure where you would respond first

  54. Kris, you are truly a gift to so many. Thank you!

  55. Hi Kris,
    My sweet niece gave me your name after I was diagnosed with breast cancer in August. You are a complete inspiration to me and I told everyone in radiation about you!!! I love your energy. You are a wonderful human being.
    Thank you for helping me believe in myself and giving me the courage to tackle this nasty disease.
    I adore you sweet friend.
    Barbara Pompea

  56. I have been diagnosed with Lung Cancer again. I had 3/4 of my right lung removed a year ago, and now the cancer is back in the lobe they left me. IT IS SLOW GROWING! I have time, thank god. Your books have become my bible and give me hope. Thank you! I am a 76 year old great-grandmother who up until now have been pretty healthy, and still have things to do and see. thanks again for your words of wisdom.

  57. Thank you for the tips! Two time breast cancer survivor just diagnosed with EHE. Meeting with Dr. Cusack, MGH, on Tuesday.
    Would appreciate any info on Boston doctors.
    Thank you,

  58. Good info…,I will be visit again.

  59. I think you are truly awesome Kris. Sending you so much love and also thanks for exuding exuberance for life – and reminding us that despite what life-challenges we might be meeting at any given time, we have the choice about how we deal with them. Your posts make me smile, your exuberance is contagious. Long live that sort of contagion. Thanks Kris. Love and warmth, M

  60. I like the article very much, it’s encouraging & informative. These are some natural cancer fighting foods,

  61. Thanks alot…..i really learnt many thing from this

  62. hi this is
    doctor somanth from india i want to suggest u take one drop of homeopathic medicine
    coffea 200 it will balens u r hormony with nature good bless u bye.

  63. Kris Carr you are an incredibly, remarkable woman. God bless you and your fabulous work!!!!!,xoxoxoxoxoxoxox…

  64. you’re an insliration, Thank you Kris….much love!

  65. you’re an inspiration, Thank you Kris….much love!

  66. I am so excited, ….today I discovered you and Dr. Lissa Rankin. I recently finished my breast cancer treatment (Chemo :( & radiation) and have started my long journey taking tamoxifin. Now it’s time to heal my mind, body and soul and am so grateful I have found two beautiful, wonderful sources for inspiration and guidance. I love your videos they make me smile and I love your attitude. You ROCK!!!

  67. Dear Kris,
    You an amazing woman and I am so glad that I found you, your books, and now your website. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in January 2011. I have doing well however I still struggle anxiety and worry. I am looking forward to trying your recipes and have found your wellness blog a comfort and an inspiration.

    Thank you so much!


  68. Hey Kris, I read your book and love your energy!
    Wondered how I could start a blog or something like it. I have so much to tell and no one to listen I guess….lol ! I have stage 3 Ovarian Cancer…coming up on 2 years now

  69. Hello, Kris!

    I am writing to you from Romania.

    I have been following your site and posts and started juicing 1 year ago. I find your story inspiring and truly helpful.

    Now, my mother has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and I m doing my best on helping her. We are in between surgical intervention and starting chemo and radio therapy. Where can I find guidance regarding when to start the juicing for her? I am afraid the juicing will harm her, before chemo, or even determine tumor growth.

    All the best to you and your family.

    Looking forward to hearing from you,


  70. I was diagnosed with breast cancer 5 years ago and you gave me hope, inspiration and the courage to trust my instincts about treatment. You’re an angel on the cancer frontlines. Like Clara Barton! :) Thank you forever.

  71. Great great article. As an integrative oncology advocate I intend to share your insights, experiences and information. Keep up the good work!!!

  72. Thank you, I love you too.Happy.

  73. Kris – I am a 2 year breast cancer survivor and while I was going through surgery and treatment I was numb. I am so grateful that I have found your blog as you have validated everything I have started to do. I will pass along this email to everyone I know who is fighting the fight and to those who can make these simple changes to live a better life.
    I send you healing thoughts and prayers. May you continue down this healing path you have created. You truly are inspirational! Thanks so much for sharing.

  74. Your articles are so great and motivating.. I used it as my daily dose and read once everyday to boost me in the morning. Thanks.. you are a great help.. God Bless you..

  75. so so true adding flush your body out with fluids seltzer/water /sparkling water whatever you can get down.drink drink drink! breast colon uterine Chronic lympsotic leukemia. 1997 to present .

    • Janice, thanks for the reminder that those of us living with cancer that we must drink lots of water/healthy fluids. I am going on my 5th year of living with incurable, Stage 4 uterine cancer, done all the treatments available- including a couple of clinical trials- and have to keep reminding myself how important the daily H2O intake is. I am sure there are a few out there that are unaware of this.

  76. Very uplifting article as I approch my 3 yr anniversary

  77. Kris, as usual, you make me feel safe. When I was diagnosed just over five years ago, with breast cancer, on my birthday, I thought my life was over. I found your books and found my safe place with you and on your web sites. Every day in the shower I check my chest, and there isn’t one day that I don’t worry about the cancer coming back, but with you right by my side, every step of the way, I still feel safe, and I will fight the fight! I had a bilateral mastectomy done, and no reconstruction, as I was 58 when diagnosed. My husband of over 30 years walked out on my special needs son and I, so I have also been a single mom. We have just lost our home to foreclosure and we lost our car two years ago. Michael is home bound and I am his only care giver. He is such a gift and such a joy. He is also quite a handful! One day at a time, one step at a time. Meditation and exersize are my go to’s every day! I couldn’t get through this journey without you Kris. You are an amazing source of support and comfort! Love you girl!

  78. I love you Kris!! You are one rockin’, exceptional & talented woman whose advice & humor have helped me through this past year of living with pancreatic cancer. My cancerversary is tomorrow & I am embracing every moment of the journey by integrating all of these tips.

  79. Just want to say thank you. I am reaching my 8th cancerversary. I am a breast cancer survivor, an artist and a lover of life. Thank you for teaching me how to treat my body. I love you too sister!!!!

  80. Very inspiring! I’m going to share this with my followers in hopes that it will help others.

  81. Thank you for this insight. You are a living testimony and an inspiration!

  82. Bravo well done! That is one of my compliments I received today and I am passing it to you. I am an integrave patient navigator and health coach in CT. I recently launched my resource guide website plus many more techniques for stress and emotional healing. Can I add your link to my website? I think we should also get togethe, we are like minded and if you see my website I think you will agree.

    I also want to share very exciting info: my mentor’s friend was diagnosed with bladder cancer. He drank noni juice for I believe 6 months cured bladder cancer. His bladder was thun and fragil as mesh and the bladder came back to normal minus the scar tissue from radiation. His Oncologist is doing his own trials. I plan on meeting both if them soon. Healing I am assuming and bought for myself the raw unpasteurized organic one.

    Rick Simpson recipe for hemp oil is very interesting as well. I have links ti both of these remedies on my website. Please feel free to share my site as well.

    Gigi Adduci

  83. You are such an inspiration Kris! Good for you to be so positive and to. Have made such important changes in your life, especially acceptance an to keep on thriving! I was diagnosed with early stage breast cancer in Dec. 2012 and life is still good, but it will never be the same. I too am trying to enjoy each and every day, juice greens daily (although try ing to eat well all the time is really a challenge), as well as getting the weight down about 20lbs. sometimes when I stop and think about the diagnosis I freak out and then move on to better thoughts, Anyway, life is good and at age 60 I look forward to many more healthy years! Thank you again for your wonderful website, constant information and positive thinking! Stay well and happy. You rock young lady!,
    Marlene B.

  84. My Husband that was highly infected with colon cancer with mets to other parts of the body, he was even given 6 months herbal medication by dr. Osas. God, life for the family was a living hell with sorrow in the heart, but today iam shouting out to the world that the herbal medicine has saved my husband from dying. he is still alive and we are in the 10th month. God is so great to the Faithful.
    Thanks to Dr Osas that prepared the herbal medication for us that we used in curing my Husband.
    Once again I want to thank dr. Osas for his wonderful Herbal medicine. We are now happy family with my Husband back alive, strong and healthy. You can contact Dr. Osas on every sickness and diseases issue on his email: or you can as well contact his mobile line on +2348109468820

  85. Hi Kris! Ever since I bought your books several years ago I have referred to you as my sarcoma sister! I have been fighting leiomyosarcoma for 6 years now. Have refused conventional treatments with the exception of surgery.

    Am going thru another flare up, and docs wanting me to do radiation. Am so grateful to know that you are walking in my shoes and have done the legwork for myself and others. You have been a blessing and encouragement to me. Would love to meet you some day!

  86. You are an inspiration. My question to you is this- I was diagnosed with CLL 15 years ago. I have had chemo every 18 months since 2007. Do you believe if I start juicing and smoothing at least once a day and continue my vegetarian diet that I can stop the chemo?

    I hope to hear from you soon.

    Thank you

  87. Hey! I can’t believe this. A great testimony that i must share to all cancer patient in the world i never believed that their could be any complete cure for lung cancer or any cancer,i saw people’s testimony on blog sites of how Rick Simpson cannabis oil brought them back to life again. i had to try it too and you can,t believe that in just few weeks i started using it all my pains stop gradually and i had to leave without the drugs the doctor gave to me. Right now i can tell you that few months now i have not had any pain, and i have just went for text last week and the doctor confirmed that there is no trace of any cancer system. Glory be to God for leading me to this genuine to Risk Simpson. I am so happy as i am sharing this testimony. My advice to you all who thinks that their is no cure for cancer that is Not true ,just contact him and get cannabis oil from Rick Simpson to your cancer and you will be free and free for ever, Try it and you will not regret it because it truly works. One thing i have come to realize is that you never know how true it is until you try. There is no harm in trying. Remember, delay in treatment leads to death. Here is his email( Contact him and be free from cancer ?????

  88. Kris,
    Your tips are great and I think I have gone through everyone of them in the last 4 months
    Not sure what to do!

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  90. Joan said on May 1, 2015

    Thank you- I am newly diagnosed/ this is very helpful!

  91. there is a new device developed by MIT cancer research team which can be a boon for cancer patients. read it here

  92. Fantastic blog. When I was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer ‘adenoid cystic carcinoma’ my food world as I knew it took an incredibly sharp turn – it turned out to be an amazing journey rich in raw food, juices and the road to recovery continues. I’ve never looked back and I’ve made sure I keep the majority of my diet plant based. Have a read of my story on X

  93. Thanks kris , love reading your posts .this one is spot on. My partner was diagnosed with leukaemia 20years ago and given 6 years to live….I wouldn’t let him give up and followed a very similar diet to this and exercise.he is doing really well we live one day at a time. Even though it’s scary sometimes xx

  94. Hi,
    First of all, I love your article! I am a massage therapist and work with hospice as well as cancer patients and the only thing I would maybe add to your article is to tell people to please check in case they are allergic to green tea and have horrible side effects such as nausea and vomiting. I am one of the unlucky ones allergic, and have had patients, as well as several of my close friends tell me that they are allergic to green tea as well. I realize if you are not, it can be a wonderful healthy product, but just wanted to make sure to advise that not all people can use a green tea product. Thank you for the article though, as it has wonderful information:)

  95. Thanks Chris,I need that .♡♡♡

  96. I was diagnosed with prostate cancer two years ago; my current PSA reading is
    at: 5.24, as 7/10/15…

    I have been researching alt cancer treatments during that entire time and
    discovered news about how diets can effect cancer cell reduction, killing of
    new cells, and even curing cancers, so that is the route I have chosen to
    take. My diet is now basically a whole foods/plant based diet, 100%
    CERTIFIED organic and gluten free. I am also supplementing with herbals such
    as organic Chaga, E-Tea, Pau D’Arco, Ginger Root, all in capsule for for
    convenience for me, as well as looking at a baking soda/lemon juice/Himalayan
    sea salt protocol, which may or may not include black strap molasses/pure
    maple syrup.

    Unfortunately, I cannot afford CBD Cannibis Oils, and my current state health
    plan will not cover things like, nor can I afford independent insurance for
    such coverages.

    I currently reside in Boston and will be here for the next few months, until
    I am ready to move to Duncan Oklahoma, where there is a doctor in general
    medicine who is plant located there: Dr James McGouran…

    I don’t know what else to do att his point, and I still want to have a child
    to carry my bloodline, since I am the last male in my family…I was a
    caregiver for multiple family members and never had the opportunity to settle
    down and raise my own family back then.

    So finding and working with a doctor who is able to understand my fight is
    crucial to me at this time.

    I apollogize for the long email but needed to be sure tyou have as much info
    in order to help me out…

    Thank you for your time.

    Tim Pollard
    71 Westland Ave., Apt. 201
    Boston MA 02115

  97. I am a 25 year bone cancer survivor who BELIEVES in the POWER of whole food nutrition.

  98. Kris
    Thank you for sharing.I just finished Ty Bollinger’s 9 episodes of The Truth About Cancer.Great info from both of you.

  99. So glad to know tumors have shrunk. I have often wondered.
    You are doing everything right. Your new book will be here next week! My new protocol requires many ‘juice only’ days.

  100. Okay, Kris…I’m gonna try. I’ve been curled up in bed since March with an auto-immune disorder that has completely devastated my life as I knew it. 24/7 pain and unbelievable fatigue. So many people say, well, at least it’s not cancer…and they are right! Thank god it’s not cancer! But…I’m still really sick! I’ve been wallowing … I admit it. Started reading your posts again and felt an inkling of…hope, inspiration…motivation? Ordered the juice book….can’t wait!

    Thank you.


  101. Thanks for all you do Kris! I learned about you si. Years ago when my 26 yr old daughter was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma and she went out and bought your book and we both read it! Three years ago I was diagnosed with follicular lymphoma- like your cancer it is slow growing and not considered curable. I myself have had no conventional treatment either but made major life changes, including plant based diet, daily swimming. Juicing etc and I am healthier than I have been in years. Just purchased your juicing book and looking forward to expanding my juicing world! Cancer is just a chronic illness like any other and doesn’t have to be a death sentence