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Kelly Turner, PhD, is a researcher, lecturer, and consultant in the field of Integrative Oncology. Her specialized research focus is the “unexpected remission” of cancer, which is a remission that occurs either in the absence of Western medicine or after Western medicine has failed to achieve remission. Her interest in complementary medicine began when she received her B.A. from Harvard University, and it later became the sole focus of her doctoral studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Her dissertation research included a year-long trip around the world, during which she traveled to ten different countries to interview 50 holistic healers and 20 “spontaneous” remission cancer survivors about their healing practices and techniques. Kelly is currently working on a book for cancer patients which summarizes her research findings, as well as a website that will continue to collect cases of Unexpected Remission. While Dr. Turner's research focuses on anomalies, she is a strong proponent of Western oncology treatments and she consults on how to integrate them with complementary treatments. She also provides one-on-one Integrative Cancer Consultations and guided meditation instruction to cancer patients.

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  • When Cancer Disappears: The Curious Phenomenon of “Unexpected Remission” May 03, 2012

    @DonnaKay - To answer your question, all 20 of my Unexpected Remission interviewees did something "special" that, in their opinion, contributed to their remission. In other words, none of them told me, "I have no idea why I got better. I didn't change a thing." Of course, in this kind of exploratory research, there is no way to prove whether the special things they did had any effect on the cancer or not -- that will have to be determined through prospective clinical trials.

    I've loved reading all of the comments on this article, and I welcome any further questions or comments you may have on this research -- I'm at kelly (at) kellyannturner (dot) com.

    Kelly Turner, PhD

  • When Cancer Disappears: The Curious Phenomenon of “Unexpected Remission” Dec 09, 2011

    In response to jmysin1's comment - Thank you for voicing your reservations. I agree with them wholeheartedly, and do not in any way wish to endorse the foregoing of conventional cancer treatment. In my consulting work, I am a strong advocate of integrative cancer treatment, which blends the best of conventional and complementary treatments. We do not know for sure why these people who have had Unexpected Remissions healed, or why many other patients who do all of the things listed in my article do not heal. The only ethical next step, therefore, is to continue researching these cases -- not to jump to conclusions and copy what these people did, but also not to flat-out ignore these cases. I encourage all readers to remember that this research is exploratory, and should not be generalized to a larger population, nor should it be construed as medical advice.

    Kelly Turner, PhD
    Integrative Cancer Researcher

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