Dear Friend,

Those who arrive at this website with a diagnosis of cancer must navigate a bewildering journey. Whether this illness is yours or a loved one’s, the experience will lead you through unfamiliar landscapes that medicine has only begun to explore.

That’s frightening. The fear and uncertainty may force you to confront spiritual questions you may desperately want to address. But fear and spirituality have no place in oncological science: It offers no maps, directions or solace. Only silence.

I know this too well. My name is Stephen Iacoboni. I’ve practiced oncology for 30 years and helped found and direct three hospital cancer centers. And there is a reason this website and my book are titled The Undying Soul.

I intend to speak into that silence — to address your fears about cancer and your questions about cancer, and to invite you on a quest.

I will guide you as best I can:

  • As a doctor, who has shepherded thousands of cancer patients, their families and friends,
  • As a son and brother who lost mother and sister to lethal forms of cancer,
  • As a witness to miraculous recoveries, as well as miraculous deaths — gifts from patients who invited me into their cancer journeys, and so became mentors who made me promise to share their stories, and finally,
  • As a man of science who hopes to bring you faith.

Most sincerely yours,

—Stephen J. iacoboni, MD

The Undying Soul book: An Inspiring Journey

Dr. Stephen Iacoboni is an oncologist who has treated cancer patients for thirty years. Join him on his inspiring journey of personal discovery as he struggles to bring peace and comfort to his dying patients and in the process completes his own spiritual transformation from agnostic to believer — finding evidence for faith in the very souls of those special patients who transformed his worldview. More…

We live in an increasingly secular culture that is all-too-often dismissive toward traditional religion. As a result, Dr. Iacoboni found it necessary to address both the spiritual as well as medical needs of his critically ill and dying patients. The Undying Soul book portrays, in intimate detail, Stephen’s struggle to reconcile the present-day conflict between ancient faith and modern science. The book takes the reader to the very bedside of the cancer patient. There, Dr. Iacoboni encountered immense spiritual courage from some very special patients — people who led him to a discovery he could not find on his own. But this revelation came at a price: The angel-saints who brought him to his own epiphany asked Dr. Iacoboni to pass on to others what they have taught him. This book is Dr. Iacoboni’s sincere gesture to repay those who gave to him so precious a gift.

The Undying Soul book boldly affirms the existence of every person’s eternal soul, offering deep spiritual solace to all cancer patients and their caregivers. Take your first steps toward your own journey of discovery and read a few selected chapter excerpts from the book. If you then wish to continue the journey toward your own spiritual transformation, order your complete copy of The Undying Soul book here.

A Cancer Doctor’s Blog: Beyond Cancer

Science vs Religion: Rene Descartes and the Cause of Spiritual Decline

02/06/2013   |   No Comments »

Rene Descartes portraitRené Descartes is acknowledged as one of the several most prominent intellects in the history of Western civilization. He invented the geometry that is still most widely used today, and which bears his name — every student of mathematics learns the Cartesian theorems. But, his lasting influence on Western thinking goes well beyond mathematics.

Descartes was also by far the most influential in ending the scholastic era of Aquinas. In doing so, he quite literally reshaped the Western worldview, and the consequences of his philosophy reshaped the course of human history itself. Read the rest of this entry »

Hospital Rooms for Cancer Patients: A Home Away From Home

02/04/2013   |   No Comments »

Hospital RoomThere is a very special place I know of. On the surface it seems austere, uninviting: a row of rooms, private but plain. These rooms have a bed and a bath, a window and a tray table, a call light and a nightstand. The occupants come and go. Some stay for just a night or two. Others stay for weeks. But they all have one thing in common: They are my patients. And this is their hospital. And these rooms are where they fight to live, and where they sometimes die. Read the rest of this entry »

Don’t Lose Faith: Discovering God in the Cancer Experience

01/21/2013   |   1 Comment

Stephen Iacoboni author eventAs announced on my Events Page, I had the honor and privilege of addressing guests and parishioners on Thursday, January 17, at the San Diego Diocesan Pastoral Center. My deep thanks to Bishop Flores for opening the event and blessing the gathering. And my special thanks to Kent Peters, Director of Social Ministry for the San Diego Diocese, and his staff, for inviting me, and organizing and promoting the event. There were an estimated 120 attendees, whom I also want to thank for their kind attention and participation. Read the rest of this entry »

What is Faith? Is It Something to Question?

01/14/2013   |   No Comments »

praying during a sunsetIt is time now to talk frankly about the question of faith. By that I mean, is there really any question at all?

We are taught to “question everything…” Does that include faith? I am not talking about an academic discussion about whether or not Sodom and Gomorrah actually turned to stone. Nor is this a matter of revisiting the mistaken view of geocentrism. Factual details from a technically primitive world, or the meaning of ancient moralistic metaphors do not by themselves pertain to the central question: “are we divine creatures, endowed with an immortal soul?” Read the rest of this entry »

Christmas Eve Stories: The Happiest Day of the Year

12/24/2012   |   No Comments »

Christmas tree ornamentsI decided in this missive not to restate all the wonderful things so many, more talented than myself, have already said by now about the glory and wonder of Christmas, and the most blessed birth of Our Lord, Jesus Christ. Instead, I thought it might be more meaningful to share something very personal, namely, the memory of my own childhood Christmases. I do this because I believe that for many of us, these are among the most cherished of all our memories, and hold for each of us a profound significance. Read the rest of this entry »