After Cancer Care
The Definitive Self-Care Guide to Getting and Staying Well for Patients with Cancer
After the intense experience and range of emotion that comes with surgery, radiation, or chemotherapy (or all three), cancer patients often find themselves with little or no guidance when it comes to their health post-treatment. After Cancer Care, from Drs. Gerald Lemole, Pallav Mehta, and Dwight McKee, is the much-needed authoritative, approachable guide that fills this gap. According to Drs. Lemole, Mehta, and McKee, your choices in diet, exercise, and even relationships can help determine your propensity for relapse. With more than three decades of post-cancer-care experience, the doctors break down this science into palatable, practical takeaways so that readers will drastically improve their quality of life to enjoy many years of cancer-free serenity.
“If you’ve just finished cancer treatment, this inspirational book may be just as important to help keep it from recurring. It takes you by the hand and shows you how, step by step. Highly recommended for both patients and their doctors.”
Dean Ornish, MD
Founder and President, Preventive Medicine Research Institute;
Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco;
Author, The Spectrum and Dr. Dean Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease
“After Cancer Care empowers cancer survivors with actionable, science-based recommendations to regain and maintain health and vitality. Eloquent and pragmatic, this book is an empowering road map that answers the question, ‘What’s next?’”
David Perlmutter, MD
Author of #1 New York Times Bestseller,
Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar – Your Brain’s Silent Killers
“I highly recommend this book. A groundbreaking contribution, it presents clearly and simply the latest evidence for prevention of cancer recurrence utilizing an integrative approach. Everyone can benefit from reading it.”
Andrew Weil, MD
Founder and Director, Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine,
University of Arizona, and author of True Food
Meet the Authors
Gerald M. Lemole, MD
Gerald M. Lemole, MD, is a board certified cardiothoracic surgeon and integrative physician. Dr. Lemole served as chief of cardiovascular surgery at Christiana Care Health Services from 1986 to 2006 and subsequently served as the Medical Director for the Center of Integrative Health at the Preventive Medicine and Rehabilitation Institute. In 1968, he was a member of the surgical team that performed the first successful heart transplant in the United States. He has since served as professor of surgery and chief of cardiac surgery at Temple University School of Medicine and chief of surgery at the Deborah Heart and Lung Center.
His professional memberships include the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, Society of Thoracic Surgeons, and the Society for Vascular Surgery. Dr. Lemole has lectured extensively and written over 150 peer-reviewed articles for professional publications. He has also published four books, including After Cancer Care and The Healing Diet, and An Integrative Approach to Cardiac Care and Facing Facial Pain. He is listed in the publication Who’s Who in the United States, in the Marquis Who’s Who Directory of Medical Specialists and is a past recipient of the American Medical Association Physician’s Recognition Award.
Pallav Mehta, MD
Pallav Mehta, MD, is a medical oncologist/hematologist with expertise and interest in breast cancer and integrative oncology. He received his undergraduate degree from New York University and completed a 3-year fellowship in Hematology and Medical Oncology at the renowned Fox Chase Cancer Center. Upon completion of his medical training, he joined and became senior partner at a large private practice in the Philadelphia area.
Dr. Mehta is currently an assistant professor of medicine at Cooper Medical School, along with the Director of Integrative Oncology and Director of Practice Development at the MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper. Previously, he served as the Chief of the Division of Hematology and Oncology and the Medical Director of the Charles A. and Betty Bott Cancer Center at Holy Redeemer Hospital. He has been the cancer liaison physician to the Commission on Cancer (COC) and authored several journal articles and clinical trials, in which he has served as a local principal investigator along with developing a broad integrative medicine initiative aimed at patients with cancer. He has been invited to speak nationally on the topic of exercise and cancer and serves as a consultant and speaker for several international oncology-related companies pertaining to breast cancer, genetics, and molecular profiling. He is co-author of After Cancer Care.
Dwight L. McKee, MD, CNS, ABIHM
Dwight L. McKee, MD, is board certified in medical oncology, hematology, nutrition, and integrative and holistic medicine. Dr. McKee graduated from the M.D. – Ph.D. program at Case-Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, where he completed the first two years of medical school, as well as full graduate studies in pharmacology, and one year of research. After changing his interest from laboratory research to clinical medicine, he completed his last two years of medical school at the University of Kentucky, in Lexington, KY, where he received his M.D. degree in 1975. He completed a rotating internship at the Washington Hospital Center in and became associate medical director of Integral Health Services in Putnam, CT. – the first integrative medicine clinic on the east coast. Over the next twelve years, he studied and practiced nutritional and mind/body medicine, along with a full range of complementary medicine disciplines.
Through working with cancer patients in his practice, he became increasingly interested in cancer medicine, which led him in 1988 to return to hospital based post-graduate training in Internal Medicine at Los Angeles County Hospital, Santa Clara Valley medical center, and Stanford University. He completed a three year fellowship in Hematology and Oncology at Scripps Clinic, in La Jolla, CA, and subsequently became board certified in both disciplines. He was also a visiting scientist at The Scripps Research Institute Immunology division for 2 years, where he pursued advanced studies in immunology, and performed laboratory research in tumor immunology.
Dr. McKee has been involved in the development of integrative cancer care, working to create a synthesis between conventional cancer medicine and alternative/complementary medicine. In 2003, he became board certified in nutrition by the Certification Board for Nutrition Specialists, of the American College of Nutrition, and in 2007 he became Board Certified in Integrative and Holistic medicine through the American Board of Holistic Medicine.
Dr. McKee has been a member of the Internal Medicine staff at Scripps Clinic, and practiced medical oncology and hematology at the San Diego Cancer Center in Vista, CA. for 3 years, where he also served as medical director for the Sharp Hospice. He subsequently practiced medical oncology and hematology for 3 years in Kalispell, MT. He served as a consultant for the San Diego Cancer Research Institute from 2001 through 2010. Since Jan. 2001, he has served as Scientific Director of Life Plus International in Batesville, Arkansas. He has co-authored a text on interactions between drugs, nutrients, and botanicals, published by Elsevier Science in 2008. In 2010, he served on the expert committee for the Institute of Functional Medicine’s symposium on cancer. He is an organizer of a yearly Cancer Strategies Symposium since 2011, sponsored by the Healthy Medicine Academy, and since 2012 has edited the quarterly Cancer Strategies Journal, which highlights advances in integrative cancer care. Dr. McKee’s experience in medical research, nutritional science, immunology, chemistry, oncology, and complementary medicine make him one of the most knowledgeable researchers and clinicians worldwide.