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Making Informed Choices About Cancer Treatment.

Authority on complementary cancer treatments Michael Lerner. His book is called "Choices in Healing: Integrating the Best of Conventional and Complementary Approaches to Cancer" (The MIT Press). Lerner believes that cancer patients are wise to use "whatever combination of conventional and complementary cancer therapies that makes sense to them." So he wrote this book to provide "credible maps and training in reading these maps" to patients "actually trying to traverse the forbidding landscape of cancer diagnosis and treatment." Lerner won a MacArthur Prize Fellowship for his work in public health in 1983. The research institute he founded, called The Commonweal Cancer Help Program, was recently featured on Bill Moyers' PBS series "Healing and the Mind."

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Other segments from the episode on June 21, 1994

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, June 21, 1994: Interview with Michael Lerner; Interview with Captain Rudolph Patzert; Review of Jane Hamilton's book "A Map of the World."

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