Anyone read 'Grace and Grit' by Ken Wilber? I've mentioned it here before, it's the story of Wilber's wife Treya and her battle with cancer. Wilber is a world-reknowned author and has written some great stuff on mysticism, philosophy, esoteric religion, and developmental philosophy, usually tying them all together. His work has traditionally been very accepted by many who I dare term as 'progressive'. The guy is very, very smart and is right up your alley, Baja.
In the book, when Treya is diagnosed with breast cancer, Wilber and his wife explore not only the traditional options of what he calls the "white man's medicine" that our Western doctors offer, but they also research and try a myriad of the unconventional "alternative" treatment options. Thing is, at least at the time that book was written, none of their in-depth research of any alternative cancer treatments showed them to be statistically better at preventing death than Western medicine's. And even with Treya fully embracing a bevy of these alternatives, alongside traditional medicine, none were able to prevent her eventual death by cancer.
It's a great book and I highly recommend anyone check it out.