Alternative Medicine for Cancer Treatment FAQ

Frequently asked questions

  • What are the most common cancers that you treat?
    Since we focus on the underlying causes and imbalances that create cancer in someone’s body, we can treat various types of cancer. The most common ones that we treat are breast cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer and lung cancer.

  • I do not want any allopathic medication. I want an all natural approach. Can you accommodate this?
    That is our first goal with every guest. From our point of view, the more natural and less invasive/toxic the approach, the better.

  • Do you use chemotherapy or radiation along with more natural treatments? 
    Yes. Sometimes we recommend combining the useful aspects of these with our more alternative approach when it will serve your health goals. Only when there is no other more natural approach we do recommend this. Ultimately, using these tools will be decided by you with the support of your health team. Our approach will support the optimal functioning of your own defenses, so even when exposed to these treatments, you will be able to deal with them with less side effects.

  • What is the focus of your treatment plan? 
    Medical treatment is targeted against the cancer, to support and strengthen your immune system and to not interfere with the healthy functioning of the rest of your body. Other disciplines like Dental, Nutrition, Psychology, Chiropractic and Fitness come into play to ensure that we achieve these goals and bring balance back into your life.

  • What is your success rate for treatment of Cancer? 
    Just like every human being is uniquely different from others, so is one cancer different from every other cancer. Sanoviv practices personalized medicine; each guest will likely have a very different course of treatment based on their genetic and environmental history, as well as the stage and manner in which the cancer manifests in their body. Our past guests who have been most successful in regaining their health are those who make the necessary medical, psychological, and nutritional changes in their lifestyle as early as possible, once diagnosed.

  • I have just finished my traditional Cancer treatment. Is there anything else you can offer me? 
    You might not be feeling optimal even though you have finished your traditional cancer treatment. We can offer to assess what underlying causes can be affecting this and support your optimal recovery from the harmful side effects of these conventional therapies. We can support your immune system, assess that biochemically you are in optimal conditions. We can support your ability to have a successful recovery by strengthening your immune system and overall healthy function of your mind, body and spirit. We are very successful at recovery and detoxification from chemotherapy.

  • How long do I have to stay?
    Our core cancer treatment program is 3 weeks. This is the amount of time needed to complete our core assessment and treatment protocol.  Occasionally additional treatments are recommended which could require additional time.

  • Why do I have to see a psychologist?
    Most people have an immediate impact when they hear the word Cancer in regards to their health state. This can be manifested as fear, grief, sadness, anger or all of the above. Our team approach ensures, through our Psychology and Spirituality Department, that stress, unhealthy thoughts and feelings are not another contributing factor to the biochemical changes that contribute to your health issues. The field of Psychoneuroimmunoendocrinology (PNIE) studies the relationship that our thought and feelings have with the major communication centers of our body (nervous, immune and endocrine systems). If our thoughts, beliefs and emotions are not balanced, this can affect how our body communicates with itself and create health challenges.

  • What do you mean when you say you practice “Functional Medicine”?
    Functional medicine is an evolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century. By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach, functional medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms.Sanoviv is the only hospital in the world to be certified in the Functional Medicine approach.

  • What is the importance of the integrative team approach?
    The importance of this approach is that you are assessed and treated as a whole human being. Many of the health issues that we faced today are multi-faceted; there is no one definitive cause. When a whole team of health professionals come together and make sense of the information, it is easier to see what are the underlying factors that weave together to create your unique symptoms. Once we have this clarity, dealing with it effectively is much easier.

  • I just saw the dentist recently, why do I have to see one again at Sanoviv?
    In our integrated approach the assessment by all the health professionals is very important. Even though all our professionals are certified and licensed by their specific profession’s Board, we go above and beyond what allopathic care practices. In regards to dental care, here we practice Biological Dentistry. This form of dentistry takes into consideration many things that traditional dentistry would not. These different paradigms and assessment tools are what sets us apart.

  • I have a wide range of issues apart from Cancer and feel overwhelmed, what can you offer me?
    We will help you organize your health priorities in the order of what will have the most profound impact on getting you healthy again. We will properly assess and treat the underlying causes through the use of specialized tools and prioritize those areas where we can have the most impact. You will leave Sanoviv with a detailed plan on how to approach healing in a functional way. Think of it as your personal owner’s manual.

  • How soon will I feel better?
    It all depends on the duration and severity of your health issues.  What is possible is to determine the right path to wellness through an integrative assessment and treatment plan that will combine the best of allopathic and alternative medicine. We will work together to facilitate you being an active participant in your health and healing. With our support, you can be the hero of your healing journey.

  • Will I ever stop using medication if I follow your program?
    The mechanism of action of medication is mostly to block chemical reactions in the body and most of the time won’t have an impact on treating the root factor that is causing the imbalance in the body but rather to artificially maintain balance. As an example, a lot of people will take a Tylenol when they get a headache but the headache is not caused by a deficiency of Tylenol. In Sanoviv we will work together at finding what is the cause for the headache and treat it. When you come to Sanoviv, we start treating the causes of the disease and over time, the body will find its balance again. For this reason, you might start seeing changes in laboratory values and the doctor might have to start reducing the medication and reduce dosage until you reach homeostasis.

  • Can I bring someone to help me out at Sanoviv?
    Yes, you can bring a companion to support your stay. Especially since our program is based on applying lifestyle changes to support your ongoing health, bringing your spouse or significant other can be helpful as both of you can learn firsthand about these recommended changes. We require you bring a companion for support if you are very compromised and cannot get from appointment to appointment without assistance.

  • What type of IVs do you use?
    We use different types of IV therapy protocols depending on the type of health issues and the biochemical individuality of each guest. For a more detailed explanation of this please refer to our IV Therapy page. Our main goal with IV therapies is to provide vital nutrients to the guest, bypassing the digestive system to allow a greater absorption by the body.

  • What does a typical day at Sanoviv look like?
    Even though we have a set of daily activities, each schedule is different from guest to guest. We really hand tailor your treatment to best accommodate what you need to be well. Usually our days start with an hour of relaxation practices, like meditation and energy medicine class. Then a light stretching class after which you have breakfast. Afterwards, most of the therapies and consultations take place. Usually there is some time for a snack break before lunch. After lunch we have some of our afternoon classes or more therapies and sessions until dinner. After dinner we have the main class in our auditorium to end the day.

  • Do I need to comeback after the end of my treatments?
    Usually it takes years of detrimental lifestyle choices and habits to start showing symptoms of imbalances in the body. Regaining your health is a process and we can not expect to reverse all imbalances within a couple of weeks. What we can do is help you get on the road to recovery. For this reason, it’s ideal to come back after having applied all recommendations suggested by our team so we can reevaluate your current state of health and help you continue on the path to optimal health. Of course, this is not mandatory but strongly suggested.

  • Do you do surgeries at Sanoviv?
    Yes. Even though our approach is based on finding the most natural and least invasive course of treatment, we know that sometimes surgery is unavoidable and is a necessary step in your recovery. We offer a wide range of surgeries that can be combined with our innovative therapies and treatments to speed your recovery. Please check our Surgeries at Sanoviv page for more information.

  • Am I going to be eating twigs and leaves all of my life?
    The diet at Sanoviv is a whole-food, cleansing diet that eliminates many of the common food allergens along with processed foods, sugar and damaged oils. Although you eat many vegetables (both cooked and raw) here, your nutritionist will provide you with a diet to follow at home based on your health condition, your access to certain foods, your ancestral heritage, and your desire to make positive health changes. Our goal is to provide you with a diet that will nourish you and improve your health, but also one that is realistic and works with your lifestyle. You may not be eating “leaves and twigs” all your life, but you will have been introduced to many new and different foods during your stay here as well as how certain foods are used as medicine.

  • I have special dietary needs. Can Sanoviv accommodate these?
    Yes, Sanoviv can accommodate a wide variety of special dietary needs, including food sensitivities; since proper diet and biochemical individuality is the foundation of our program. Our nutrition and kitchen staff can adapt our meals to meet your specific needs.