Clinical Cases Homeopathy Papers

Cancer Cures

In a private discussion, Dr. James Tyler Kent describes some important notes on the palliative treatment of cancer.

In cancer patients, when painful conditions arise, for instance diarrhea or urinary disturbances, caution in prescribing is necessary, that a remedy not be administered covering only the acute condition. Any prescription based on the more superficial, acute disorder, not covering the deeper, chronic, carcinomatous nature, will result in amelioration of the acute disorder only. Meanwhile suffering from the deeper affection will increase, and the progress of the deeper, malignant disorder will be more rapid.

Any prescription, to be of benefit to the patient, must have the nature of the chronic, as much as the nature of the acute manifestation.

The aim of the physician, first, last, and always, must be to find the remedy which most closely corresponds to the patient, and prescribe for the patient, whatever manifestation that patient may suffer, when the prescription is selected.

In cancer-patients, incurability depends upon the fact that few symptoms except those of the cancerous tissue change are obtainable. The sharp pains, the ulceration, and the anemia are symptoms of the ultimate disorder. Finding symptoms that preceded this period is necessary for gaining any curative results.

Ultimates do not indicate the remedy for the patient.

J.T.Kent, Lesser Writings

Presented by Katja Schütt, Hpathy.

About the author

James Tyler Kent

James Tyler Kent (1849–1916) was an American physician. Prior to his involvement with homeopathy, Kent had practiced conventional medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. He discovered and "converted" to homeopathy as a result of his wife's recovery from a serious ailment using homeopathic methods.
In 1881, Kent accepted a position as professor of anatomy at the Homeopathic College of Missouri, an institution with which he remained affiliated until 1888. In 1890, Kent moved to Pennsylvania to take a position as Dean of Professors at the Post-Graduate Homeopathic Medical School of Philadelphia. In 1897 Kent published his magnum opus, Repertory of the Homœopathic Materia Medica. Kent moved to Chicago in 1903, where he taught at Hahnemann Medical College.


  • Hi,
    I have studied classical homeopathy. Nutrition, excercise, and especially the way we think (what usually makes us feel) has to do a lot with cancer. How we feel, leads to comfort food or drink that usually make things worst. I totally agree, that alternative medicine and the strengthening of the immune system is the answer. I also found the way Dr’s speak to Cancer patients has to do a lot with people not getting any better. I spoke to a Dr. lately and told them they treat their patients like mechanic repairs or changes parts in a car. We are not cars, we are body, mind and spirit and they need to treat as a whole. I find their so call cures barbaric.
    I enjoy reading your material.
    Have a great day,

  • Dear Sir,

    I read this article. It is not only applicable to cancer alone but to any other chronic disease treatment. Master J T Kent’s quote is reiterated in this case.

    It is moreover one of the basic principles of homeopathy and more particularly in the treatment of chronic diseases. Unless this forethought and insight is not put forth in the treatment of chronic diseases, there cannot be a real cure resulting our treatment a futile.

    This type of principles should always be waving in the mind so that the number of cures will always increasing. For this, you are instrumental in reflecting the principles now and then and always tend to sharpen the homeopathic mind. Thanks a lot for your effort.


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