Collaborative Oncology – Level 1

with Chanchal Cabrera, April 6-7, 2019

Course Information

This weekend course will cover the following:

  • What cancer is, how it starts, how it progresses, what goes wrong and what can be done to counteract the aberrant cell behaviors
  • Cancer prevention and immune building protocols
  • Why the liver is so important and how to support it
  • Stress, Liver and the Immune system in cancer – materia medica for building the foundation (adaptogens, alteratives and immune tonics)
  • How to read blood work and pathology reports, what other ways of testing are open to herbalists and how to assess the cancer patient.


  • Understanding the biomechanics of cancer – pathophysiology, disease initiation and progression
  • Review of health foundations – liver & detox pathways, stress and adaptogens, immune support


  • Assessing the cancer patient and specific treatment planning
  • Individualizing the protocols – treatment planning: tests and assessments, stabilizing DNA, modulating growth factors, anti-angiogenesis, strengthening connective tissue, normalizing hormones

 Learning objectives:

After completion of Holistic Oncology Level 1 the student shall be able to:

  • Recognize and mitigate exogenous risk factors for cancer – diet, environment, stress
  • Assess for and clinically control for endogenous risk factors for cancer – glycation, oxidative stress load, detoxification pathways, coagulopathies
  • Assess for and clinically control co-morbidities and symptoms of cancer
  • Create a comprehensive foundation treatment plan for a cancer patient, taking into account their unique oncologic typology

Course Instructor

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 has held the faculty chair in Botanical Medicine at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine in New Westminster since 2004. She serves on the board of advisors of Dominion Herbal College in Burnaby, on the editorial board of Medical Herbalism clinical newsletter and she publishes widely in professional journals and lectures internationally on medical herbalism, nutrition and health. Chanchal is the author of the book ‘Fibromyalgia – A Journey Toward Healing’ published by Contemporary Books. She is a certified Master Gardener and a certified Horticulture Therapist.

Chanchal lives on Vancouver Island, British Columbia where she and her husband farm 7 acres. They grow food for 10 households, culinary herbs for restaurants and medicinal herbs for her clinic. They also run therapy gardens for people with disabilities and host internships in organic farming and herbal medicine. In 2009 Chanchal was honored with a Fellowship in the NIMH for service to the profession over 25 years.

Course Dates

Saturday and Sunday, April 6-7, 2019, 9:00am- 5:00pm

Course Tuition

Regular – $300 (Early Bird – $285, until February 1)
Students* – $275 (Early Bird – $250, until February 1)
PRC Alumni – $285 (Early Bird – $265, until February 1)
*PRC diploma students will receive 1 WHS academic credit for this workshop.

Course Prerequisite

BMS201/202 Pathophysiology (90 hours) or comparable course

Course Registration

To register, please click on the registration button below. Full payment is due at time of registration to confirm placement in the course. Payment can be made via MasterCard or Visa, debit, cash and cheque.

Withdrawal Policy

For course withdrawals submitted in writing or in person 30 days or more before the start of the course, registrants will receive a full tuition refund less a $40 non-refundable registration fee. For course withdrawals submitted in writing or in person more than 14 days but less than 30 days before the start of the course, registrants will receive a 50% tuition refund. Without exception, no refunds will be given for course withdrawals less than 14 days before the start of the course.

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