Book Feature: If Only I Had Known – Integrative & Alternative Paths to Recovery from Breast Cancer

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Author: Aviva Mayers, MSW
Publisher: FriesenPress
Date of Publication: August 2019

Press Release

This is a book about options… options for treatment, management, and prevention of breast cancer outside of mainstream medicine. It is the result of the journey that Aviva Mayers took back to health, and many of her choices outside of mainstream medicine are discussed here. Aviva was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008. Like millions of women throughout the world, she initially agreed to a conventional treatment out of fear and confusion. But she began to question those choices as the treatment progressed. Following her treatment she took herself on a journey to learn about gentler, less invasive, treatments outside of conventional medicine. Aviva attributes her current state of good health to the integrative and alternative paths she ultimately followed.

The book includes interviews with patients who followed a path to recovery, much of which they attribute to alternative treatments. And it includes interviews with a range of health care practitioners working with patients with breast or other cancers. The professionals share their thoughts on mainstream treatments, discuss integrative and alternative interventions that can help with recovery, and in some cases even replace conventional treatments. The book also offers advice on how to prevent breast cancer in the first place or how to avoid a recurrence.

If Only I Had Known is essential reading for anyone diagnosed with breast cancer. It provides a unique perspective on treatments that your doctor may not tell you about. Knowing about these options could improve your life both physically and psychologically. The information contained here is also relevant to people suffering from other cancers, since many of the same inflammatory processes may contribute to their cancers. Available on Amazon or FriesenPress.

The author, Aviva Mayers, is a psychoanalyst and psychotherapist in private practice in Toronto. To find out more about her services and/or her new book, call (647) 282-3943, email:, or visit her website at:


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