The Prayers and Apples Cancer Project

The Prayers and Apples Cancer Project aims to consolidate resources addressing complementary and alternative medical approaches to cancer treatment and prevention. Please note that treatments included on (or found via) this page are not implicitly endorsed by Prayers and Apples, but rather offered as points of consideration for readers to discuss with their doctor and/or medical counsel. (For the story behind the project, click here and scroll down to the middle!)

Mind Body

Attitude and disposition: Do they make a difference in cancer survival? (Original source)

A comparison of the level of hope in patients with newly diagnosed and recurrent cancer (Original source)

Elevated lung cancer risk among persons with depressed mood (Original source)

Hopelessness and risk of mortality and incidence of myocardial infarction and cancer (Original source)

MD Anderson study finds qigong improves quality of life for breast cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy

Meditation, melatonin and breast/prostate cancer: Hypothesis and preliminary data (Original source)

Mind-body interventions investigated alongside chemotherapy in breast cancer patients (Original source: Psychoneuroimmunology-based stress management during adjuvant chemotherapy for early breast cancer)

Narratives of breast symptom discovery and cancer diagnosis: Psychologic risk for advanced cancer at diagnosis (Original source)

Personality as risk factor in large bowel cancer (Original source)

Pilot study examines feasibility of tai chi intervention in older cancer survivors (Original source: Feasibility and acceptability of a Tai Chi Chih randomized controlled trial in senior female cancer survivors)

Psychiatric illness and psychosocial concerns of patients with newly diagnosed lung cancer (Original source)

Psychological and sexual well-being, philosophical/spiritual views, and health habits of long term cancer survivors (Original source)

Psychoneuroimmunology-based stress management during adjuvant chemotherapy for early breast cancer (Original source)

Psychosocial predictors of survival: metastatic breast cancer (Original source)

The relationship between level of hope and level of coping response and other variables in patients with cancer (Original source)

Stress and immune responses after surgical treatment for regional breast cancer (Original source)

A structured psychiatric intervention for cancer patients: I. Changes over time and methods of coping and affective disturbance (Original source)

A structured psychiatric intervention for cancer patients: II. Changes over time in immunological measures (Original source)


Diet and lung cancer in California Seventh-day Adventists (Original source)

Diet may protect against gene changes in smokers (Original source: Multivitamins, folate, and green vegetables protect against gene promoter methylation in the aerodigestive tract of smokers)

Eating healthy vegetable fats may improve prostate cancer survival

Multivitamins, folate, and green vegetables protect against gene promoter methylation in the aerodigestive tract of smokers (Original source)

Starchy, high carbohydrate diet associated with recurrence of colon cancer

Study links breast cancer risk to early-life diet and metabolic syndrome

USC animal study finds fasting makes brain tumors more vulnerable to radiation therapy


Active coping mediates the association between religion/spirituality and quality of life in ovarian cancer (Original source)

Assessment of quality of life in outpatients with advanced cancer: The accuracy of clinician estimations and the relevance of spiritual well-being—A Hoosier Oncology Group study (Original source)

Coping with breast cancer: the roles of clergy and faith (Original source)

Correlates of spiritual well-being in terminally ill care persons with AIDS and terminally ill persons with cancer (Original source)

The effect of religious concentration and affiliation on county cancer mortality rates (Original source)

Effect of spiritual well-being on end-of-life despair in terminally ill cancer patients (Original source)

Importance of faith on medical decisions regarding cancer care (Original source)

Psychosocial needs in cancer patients related to religious belief (Original source)

Quality of life in breast cancer: part II: psychological and spiritual well-being (Original source)

Religious and other predictors of psychosocial adjustment in cancer patients (Original source)

Religion and spirituality among patients with localized prostate cancer (Original source)

Religious activity and depression among community-dwelling elderly persons with cancer: The Moderating effect of race (Original source)

Religious belief as a coping strategy: an explorative trial in patients irradiated for head-and-neck cancer (Original source)

Religious beliefs and breast cancer screening (Original source)

Religious coping among caregivers of terminally ill cancer patients: main effects and psychosocial mediators (Original source)

Religious orientation and coping with cancer (Original source)

Religiosity, quality of life and survival in cancer patients (Original source)

Religiousness and hope in Hispanic- and Anglo-American women with breast cancer (Original source)

Religiousness and spiritual support among advanced cancer patients and associations with end-of-life treatment preferences and quality of life (Original source)

Religiosity, Religious Coping, and Distress: A Prospective Study of Catholic and Evangelical Hispanic Women in Treatment for Early-stage Breast Cancer (Original source)

The role of religious values and coping with cancer (Original source)

Spiritual assessment across the cancer trajectory: methods and reflections (Original source)

Spiritual care for children with cancer (Original source)

Spiritual expression and immune status in women with metastatic breast cancer: an exploratory study (Original source)

Spiritual health of oncology patients: Nurse and patient perspectives (Original source)

Spirituality influences health related quality of life in men with prostate cancer (Original source)

Spiritual Well-Being and Demands of Illness in People with Colorectal Cancer (Original source)

Spiritual well-being, religiosity, hope, depression and other mood states in elderly people coping with cancer (Original source)

Spiritual well-being, religiousness and hope among women with breast cancer (Original source)

Transcending the Physical: Spiritual Aspects of Pain in Patients with HIV and/or Cancer (Original source)

The urban church and cancer control: A source of social influence in minority communities (Original source)

Alternative Therapies

Acupuncture given alongside radiation may help reduce xerostomia (dry mouth) (Original source: Randomized controlled trial of acupuncture for prevention of radiation-induced xerostomia among patients with nasopharyngeal carcinoma)

Acupuncture reduces joint pain in some women with cancer


Exercise, even mild physical activity, may reduce breast cancer risk

New research suggests yoga may help with fatigue-related symptoms in breast cancer survivors (Original source: Yoga for persistent fatigue in breast cancer survivors: a randomized controlled trial)

NIH study finds leisure-time physical activity extends life expectancy as much as 4.5 years (Original source: Leisure time physical activity of moderate to vigorous intensity and mortality: A large pooled cohort analysis)

Researchers isolate messenger protein linking exercise to health benefits

Weight Lifting Does Not Exacerbate and May Improve Lymphedema Symptoms After Breast Cancer (Original source: Weight lifting in women with breast-cancer-related lymphedema)

Yoga for persistent fatigue in breast cancer survivors: a randomized controlled trial (Original source)


Laboratory study suggests potential anti-cancer benefit of white tea extract (Original source: White tea extract induces apoptosis in non-small cell lung cancer cells: the role of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor‑γ and 15‑lipoxygenases)

Potential anti-cancer benefit of ginseng (Original source: Antioxidants potentiate American ginseng-induced killing of colorectal cancer cells)

Traditional chinese medicine reduces chemotherapy induced side effects (Original source: The four-herb Chinese medicine PHY906 reduces chemotherapy-induced gastrointestinal toxicity)


A biobehavioral model of cancer stress and disease course (Original source)

Complementary and alternative medicine use among cancer survivors: a population-based study (Original source)

Complementary and alternative medicine use in lung cancer patients in eight European countries (Original source)

Coping strategies of long-term cancer survivors (Original source)

Effects of complementary therapies on clinical outcomes in patients being treated with radiation therapy for prostate cancer (Original source)

Factors influencing views of patients with gynecologic cancer about end-of-life decisions (Original source)

Impacting quality of life for patients with advanced cancer with a structured multidisciplinary intervention: a randomized controlled trial (Original source)

Prognostic factors and survival in a heterogeneous sample of cancer patients (Original source)

Research on complementary/alternative medicine for patients with breast cancer: a review of the biomedical literature (Original source)

Social connections and risk for cancer: Prospective evidence from the Alameda County Study (Original source)


♥ Note: All links accompanied by the phrase ‘original source’ are also indexed by the Prayers and Apples research database.




  1. Sharon says

    I am so honored by the amount of work and commitment you’ve shown here to support the thousands of us who at some point hear that terrifying diagnosis….it is exactly these kind gestures that build us all up and keep the fight alive. Thank you Jessica for being my bestest friend ever too :)

  2. says

    this is a great article but many people ignore this sort of procedure. The medical companies thrive and make millions from the ignorance of the general public and it seems many people simply do not want to educate themselves about what is best for them.

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