Review of 'Why did the cancer disappear?'

07 Jun 2012

I have been reading a lot of books on cancer over the past few months and though it might be worth sharing some of them on this blog.This is the first of what I hope to be several book reviews on cancer topics. I should just add that these reviews are merely my personal take on  books I have found useful or interesting, and are not intended as an endorsement (or otherwise) of the treatments proposed in them.

Review of Why Did the Cancer Disappear? by Marion Dias

 This is a brave book written by a brave lady. In 2006, Marion Dias was diagnosed with cancer of the endometrium – the layer of cells that line the womb.  She was advised to begin urgent treatment. But Marion refused to accept the diagnosis and, after doing some research, concluded that conventional cancer treatments might as well be called ‘cut poison, burn and torture’. She decided they were not for her.

  Although she had trained as a nurse (before retraining as an accountant), Marion had already turned to complementary therapy before her cancer diagnosis, training in clinical hypnotherapy and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and various other therapies and energy healing techniques. So, as a therapist, her decision not to follow the route of chemotherapy, surgery or radiotherapy was perhaps not so surprising, although it still took a lot of faith.

 This book is largely about how she treated herself, using a combination of clinical hypnosis, NLP, energy work and something called Time Line Therapy. She believes in the ‘mind-body connection’ and believed that it was vital to keep a positive outlook. Considering the many other obstacles in her life (childhood issues, financial worries, job insecurity) she appears to have shown remarkable resilience. But, as she puts it, it is not so much our environment as ‘our perceptions of the environment’ that really matters and which influences the body at the cellular level.

  The book has some excellent practical tips on how to write your own hypnotherapy script and how to ‘reframe’ your approach to your own cancer. For example, she was not happy saying the word ‘cancer’ but knew she had to refer to it in her visualisation and affirmation. So she ‘reframed’ the word to ‘Recnac’ (cancer backwards), which was a way of helping her visualise reversing the condition. Any brief summary like this of her approach runs the risk of making it sound simplistic, so you really need to read about the approach in her own words.

  The book contains a late twist. Having thought she had cured herself of cancer she finally tells her son about it and he persuades her to go for another medical test. This finds that not only is the cancer still there but it has spread. So apparently her self-treatment was a delusion. But that is not the end of it. She agrees reluctantly to surgery and has a total hysterectomy and lymphadenectomy. But when the tumours are removed the biopsies show no residue of cancer. In other words, the cancer that was supposed to have been spreading just weeks before had disappeared.

 So either her first and second diagnosis were both in error and she had never had cancer or the first diagnosis was correct but she had indeed cured herself before the second one which was indeed a misdiagnosis (based perhaps on the medical assumptions that anyone her history should still have cancer).

 For reasons too complex to repeat here, she concludes that the first diagnosis was correct and that she had indeed made the cancer disappear through her combination of complementary approaches. Her case is clearly argued, with plenty of supporting evidence.

 Her conclusions from her experience include:

  • There is a link between childhood experiences and illnesses later in life;
  • Emotional issues and negative thinking need to be resolved to regain health;
  • Language is important – as are nutrition and exercise;
  • It is vital to take control of your healing;
  • The mind-body connection is vital;
  • Self-healing is possible.

  This is a fluent and articulate book (although I found some of the chronology a bit tricky to follow at times) from a brave and determined person. While her approach of completely rejecting conventional medicine will seem drastic to many, she provides a practical guide to DIY complementary treatment (with plenty of resources for those who feel they need a little extra help from other books or therapists).

 You can only feel admiration for her drive, positive approach and determination to overcome many huge obstacles.


Why did the cancer disappear? By Marion Dias is published by Dynamic-Perceptions, PO Box 70912, London SW20 2DT

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