Holistic Cancer Care Course

Holistic Cancer Care Course

From: $64.50 / month

When Founder Marlene Adelmann received her cancer diagnosis, she was shocked at how difficult it was to find trusted, research-backed information for holistic cancer support. Traditional cancer treatments are explained at every major hospital, but what about supportive herbs and mushrooms? Nutritional considerations? Mindfulness practices to help manage the new influx of stress? Where’s the heartfelt advice for how to ask your doctor about holistic options or navigate working with multiple practitioners? Information related to holistic cancer care is hard to find, and it’s unfortunately even harder to know whom to trust.

In honor of Marlene and her newfound friends in the cancer community, we’ve combined clinically backed research with thoughtful guidance from holistic cancer practitioners and doctors, integrative nutritionists, experienced clinical herbalists, and compassionate caregivers so you can replace research with rest. Take a deep, reassuring breath knowing that you have a robust collection of holistic cancer resources in one easy-to-access location.

This online, self-paced course is designed for learners of all skill levels and is thoughtfully infused with clinical research, time-tested herbal recipes, videos with medical professionals and holistic cancer experts, beautifully illustrated charts, helpful downloads, and more. No matter where you are on this difficult road, there is hope and you are not alone.

We want to make sure that as many people as possible have access to the Holistic Cancer Care Course, which is why we are offering a sliding scale payment option! While we’d love to offer it for free (please opt in to our free Held in Hope Cancer Series), the reality is that it’s very costly to create programs like this and to keep our organization up and running. Sliding scale payment allows more people to access this program who wouldn’t otherwise be able to, because costs are balanced by those who have the resources to pay at the higher end of the scale. Sliding scale payment is available to everyone, no questions asked—it’s up to you to determine what feels fair and accessible to you. If you’re not sure, check out this graphic by Alexis J. Cunningfolk to help you understand the intention behind the sliding scale.


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There are so many more moments to a cancer diagnosis than the hours spent in treatment, moments that leave many patients – and their loved ones – feeling scared and out of control. With this heartfelt, holistically minded course, we hope to help you transition these moments from fear to focus, from exhaustion to empowerment.

Rest, nourishment, herbs, mindfulness, hope, and community are powerful allies that cancer patients and caregivers can call on, even during the hardest of times. 

Our intention for the Holistic Cancer Care Course is to provide you with well-researched, up-to-date information so you can make informed decisions. We do not recommend that you replace your approved treatment options with alternative therapies. Instead, we present options that you can use to further nourish your body and spirit in conjunction with the treatment plan that you and your experienced medical team have selected.

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Who is The Holistic Cancer Care Course For?

This course is for anyone who has received a cancer diagnosis of any type, is supporting a loved one throughout their cancer treatment, or is interested in learning more about integrative cancer care options. It’s designed for holistically minded, inquisitive folks who are seeking trusted resources so they can work with their medical team to make informed, empowered decisions based on their own unique circumstances. It’s for information seekers of all skill levels and backgrounds – you do not need to have a background in herbalism or clinical experience to gain insights from the concepts, recipes, and tips shared throughout.

The information presented in this course is designed to complement and support the cancer treatment that you and your medical team select, not replace it.

This Course is NOT for you if …

The Holistic Cancer Care Course is not a good fit for you if you’re looking for recommendations about how to replace your medical team’s recommended treatment options with alternative therapies. 

Rather than providing specific recommendations, our program gives individuals an understanding of the ways that herbs and nutrition can be used, with guidance, throughout cancer treatment, and we aim to empower individuals to communicate confidently with their medical team about using herbs and supplements alongside conventional treatment.

In the Holistic Cancer Care Course, You Will Discover:


The course covers everything from the physiology of cancer to foundational herbal support, integrative nutrition, mindfulness practices, herbal support during conventional cancer treatment, and guidance for working with an integrative team. 


Your enrollment comes with Lifetime Access* to the online course. You can also download a PDF of the complete course for a lifetime of reference.


Downloadable and printable charts offer an easy way to reference nutritional and herbal information at a glance.


From nourishing broths to soothing teas, our favorite herb-infused recipes for holistic cancer care provide inspiration and how-to directions for incorporating foods and herbal preparations into your routine. 


Unique monographs (plant profiles) introduce some of the herbs that are frequently turned to for cancer support, including herbs for stress management and immune support, and herbs that can help manage symptoms of conventional cancer treatment, such as chemotherapy and radiation. 


More than 6 hours of in-depth videos bring our vetted experts directly to you as they share their experiences, thoughts, and tips for holistic cancer care. 


Our team of experienced herbalists provides honest feedback about some of the most popular cancer books on the market, so you’ll know exactly which ones are worth the investment.


Extensive resource lists will help guide you to other trusted platforms and research centers that specialize in holistic cancer treatment. 


We’ve partnered with some of the most trusted voices in the holistic cancer community including Chanchal Cabrera, Clinical Herbalist, MSc, FNIMH, RH(AHG); Ember Peters, Clinical Herbalist, RH(HANS); Dr. Jody Noé, ND; Dr. Paul Anderson, ND; Kathleen Comerford, Certified Nutritionist, LDN, CNS; Dr. Alexea M. Gaffney, MD; and the team at AntiCancer Lifestyle to bring you up-to-date, clinically backed research.


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Resources for Cancer Care - Holistic Cancer Care CourseUNIT 1: INTRODUCTION AND THE USE OF HERBS

Explore a little bit of biochemistry and what’s going on with the physiology of cancer—what’s it really doing in the body, and why? And, importantly, what might this have to do with treatment options? 

  • Lesson 1: Introduction to the course material and mission.
  • Lesson 2: What is cancer? A plain language introduction to the physiology of cancer, along with some myths and truths about cancer.
  • Lesson 3: An introduction to herbs, how they work, and how to use them, along with important sourcing information

Holistic Cancer Care Course by Herbal Academy- herbalism for cancer _R1A2736UNIT 2: FOUNDATIONAL SUPPORT

Discover foundational, holistic techniques that you or your loved one can use to support someone with cancer. Our goal in this unit is to help you uncover simple, effective, and time-tested tools that you can put into practice immediately.

  • Lesson 1: Mindfulness techniques and research related to stress-reduction – and why they matter.
  • Lesson 2: Foundational nutrition with tips and recipes to help you nourish your body from the inside out (with video).
  • Lesson 3: Herbal support for all skill levels, including mini plant profiles, herbal recipes, the research behind herbal use for stress management and full-body nourishment, and the health benefits of mushrooms.


In video-packed Unit 3, you’ll learn numerous options for holistic supportive care before, during, and after cancer treatment, and explore how to naturally soothe uncomfortable side effects of cancer and cancer treatment, including fatigue, nausea, mucositis, digestive issues, radiation burns, anxiety, and insomnia.

  • Lesson 1: Nutrition during and after cancer treatment (with video).
  • Lesson 2: Herbal support during cancer treatment (with video).
  • Lesson 3: Clinical strategies in cancer care (with video).
  • Lesson 4: Managing the journey through cancer treatment (with video).

Herbal Academy vetted Integrative Cancer Centers - Holistic Cancer Care CourseUNIT 4: RESOURCES AND CONCLUSION

Gain our heavily researched extensive library of resources and holistic cancer centers that you can look into for additional information. These resources have been vetted by our experts, and will help you cut through the clutter to find more trusted voices. 

  • Lesson 1: A list of integrative cancer centers across North America with a helpful comparative chart.
  • Lesson 2: Our top recommendations and reviews of cancer-focused books.
  • Lesson 3: An extensive list of trusted websites, books, and research centers that cover lifestyle practice, nutrition, and other facets of holistic cancer care.
  • Lesson 4: Bringing it all together, the course conclusion provides ideas on how to integrate the information in the course and move forward in your treatment plan.


We’ve brought together  some of the most trusted voices in the holistic cancer community to present you up-to-date, clinically backed research in the Holistic Cancer Care Course. In addition to our trusted Herbal Academy contributors and staff, including clinical herbalists Lisa Olson, RH(AHG) and Linden de Voil, RH(AHG), we also invited a handful of practitioners with in-depth cancer experience to contribute to this program.

Chanchal Cabrera, Clinical Herbalist, MSc, FNIMH, RH(AHG)

Chanchal has been a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (UK) since 1987 and obtained her MSc in herbal medicine at the University of Wales in 2003. Her clinical specialty is helping people manage cancer. Chanchal held the faculty chair in Botanical Medicine at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine in New Westminster (2004-2016) and lectures on herbal medicine internationally, as well as being a certified horticulture therapist and Shinrin Yoku practitioner. She and her husband manage Innisfree Farm and Botanic Garden on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

Chanchal created an in-depth, 2-hour video: Clinical Strategies in Holistic Cancer Care.

Ember Peters, Clinical Herbalist, RH(HANS)

Ember Peters is a clinical herbalist, founder of Wild Current Herbalism, and adjunct faculty at the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism. Ember’s interest and experience in the clinic focuses on cancer, diabetes, liver diseases, digestive issues, autoimmunity, chronic pain, and more. They view each person’s body as resilient and intelligent; where mind, body, spirit, experiences, and symptoms are interconnected. 

Ember contributed an informative 1-hour video: Herbal Support Through Conventional Cancer Treatment.

Dr. Jody Noé, ND

Dr. Noé is a naturopathic doctor and author of the Textbook of Naturopathic Integrative Oncology who practices traditional medicine as taught by her Cherokee elders. Dr. Noé’s specialty training in traditional herbal medicine, psychology and spirituality has made her a leader in the field of integrative medicine. 

Dr. Noé obtained her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University and now serves as adjunct faculty to the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine, Quinnipiac University, Connecticut College of Naturopathic Physicians, Bastyr University, the New England Women’s Herbal Conference, Southeastern Women’s Herbal Conference, Northwest Institute of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NIAOM), and several community colleges and private organizations. She is a founding member of the Botanical Medicine Academy and the Naturopathic Oncology Association, and is president emeritus for both the Oklahoma and Vermont Associations of Naturopathic Physicians. 

Dr. Noé contributed a 30-minute video interview on her more than 20 years of experience with integrative oncology to the course. 

Dr. Paul Anderson Cancer Expert and educator Herbal Academy

Dr. Paul Anderson, ND

Dr. Anderson is a recognized educator and clinician in integrative and naturopathic medicine with a focus on complex infectious, chronic, and oncologic illness. He is the author of Cancer: The Journey from Diagnosis to Empowerment and co-author of Outside the Box Cancer Therapies: Alternative Therapies That Treat and Prevent Cancer. In addition to three decades of clinical experience, he was also head of the interventional arm of a US-NIH funded human research trial using IV and integrative therapies in cancer patients. He founded Advanced Medical Therapies in Seattle, Washington, a clinic focusing on cancer and chronic diseases and now focuses his time in collaboration with clinics and hospitals in the US and other countries.

Dr. Anderson contributed a video to this course outlining ways to talk to your medical team about integrative cancer therapies. 

Kathleen Comerford, Certified Nutritionist, LDN, CNS

Kathleen is a nutritionist who began specializing in cancer support after helping her mother manage the side effects of her cancer treatment with nutrition. This experience raised Kathleen’s awareness about how we need more nutritionists and other integrative practitioners in the cancer field. She felt pulled to answer the call, and today she helps survivors heal through nourishing food choices. 

Kathleen contributed a 1-hour video to this course focused on whole food nutrition for cancer survivors.

Dr. Alexea M. Gaffney, MD with Herbal Academy

Dr. Alexea M. Gaffney, MD

Dr. Gaffney is a triple-board certified infectious disease sub-specialist, internist, and pediatrician. She invited the world into her life when she was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 37. She publicly shared her journey through social media as she underwent a double mastectomy, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy for her breast cancer treatment. Cancer has transformed her life and her worldview and she has been healing and transforming herself and others through her speaking, teaching, and writing.

Dr. Gaffney contributed a 30-minute video to this course: Surviving and Thriving in a Healthy Mental State While Experiencing Cancer.

Crystal Cascio AntiCancer Lifestyle with Herbal Academy

AntiCancer Lifestyle

Learn about inflammation and its role in chronic disease. Crystal Cascio, a registered dietitian and nutritionist with the Anticancer Lifestyle Program shares her expertise in a 30-minute video about the anti-inflammatory diet. The Anticancer Lifestyle Program is a comprehensive online course for cancer survivors and those who seek to reduce their risk of cancer and other chronic illnesses.



I wanted to take a moment to thank you for the cancer series you have so generously provided. I am an old herbalist and my husband is going through colon and lung cancer. I suddenly became unsure of the things I had felt were helpful to strangers. When it’s yourself or your own family, I think it gets scary. My husband has maintained his zest for life and light heartedness throughout his ordeal. He continues to heal and get stronger. We will never give up hope.”
– Shared via Facebook

This new course is very welcome news. I was diagnosed 4 months ago with stage IV breast cancer, and trying to sort through and find the best answers possible to do what I have to do to stay alive is almost overwhelming at times. I will be paying attention to any insights and research as they are discovered and distilled to us.
– Marsha Bennet

Thank you for offering this. I was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer at the beginning of this year and have been devoting myself completely to my healing journey. I’m looking forward to the resources you have to share!
– Stephanie Fay 

I’m so incredibly grateful to the Herbal Academy community for creating this. I signed up immediately as my mom is recovering from breast cancer and the educating and researching is so, so extensive at times. This really made my day!
– Ashley

I’m a Stage II Lung Cancer Survivor of almost 10 years. Which led me to researching herbs and becoming an herbalist. I’ve learned so much, and yet there’s still so much to learn.
– Lisa Bowers



How much is the course?
The Holistic Cancer Care Course is available with a one-time payment of $249 or 2-month installment plan of $124.50/month. 

How long is the course?
All of our online herbalism courses are self-paced, which gives you the flexibility to study whenever your schedule allows. Everyone studies at a different rate, but we have found that the average completion time for this course is approximately 23 hours. 

What materials will I need?
You will need an internet connection to access course materials along with a computer, tablet, or smartphone. You will also want to have a writing utensil and notebook to keep notes. You may like to purchase herbs, spices, and ingredients for any of the recipes that you choose to make (optional).

Do I need to purchase textbooks for this package?
No, textbooks are not available for this course at this time.

When can I get started?
After you purchase the course, it will be available via your Student Dashboard immediately. Simply click the “start course” button for a given course to begin your studies!

How long will I have access to the course materials?
Your enrollment comes with Lifetime Access* to the online course. Enjoy your program at your own pace. You can also download all course materials as PDFs for future reference.

Does this package include video content?
Yes! Our courses have videos sprinkled throughout to help supplement the written material. However, videos are not the primary medium through which our courses are taught. This course features more than 6 hours of video content altogether, and each video comes with a video transcript.

Can I take this course if I don’t live in the United States?
Our classroom is truly a global classroom. We are honored to have students joining us in class from around the world. Herbal Academy courses offer a wide range of information about plants, and much of the information will be applicable outside of the United States.

Is this course available in any other languages?
No. At this time, our courses are only available in English. 

Still have questions? Check out our in-depth FAQ page or our Right Fit Assessment Guide for more details!

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* Lifetime Access is access to the course that you purchased for as long as the particular course is offered by the Herbal Academy. View Terms & Conditions for more detail.


This information is offered for educational purposes only and does not take the place of medical advice. Our intention for the Holistic Cancer Care Course is to provide you with well-researched, up-to-date information so you can make informed decisions. We do not recommend that you replace your approved treatment options with alternative therapies. Instead, we present options that you can use to further nourish your body and spirit in conjunction with the treatment plan that you and your experienced medical team have selected. Always talk to your medical team about taking new herbs and supplements.


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