Using alternative medicine only for cancer linked to lower survival rate
(Yale University) Patients who choose to receive alternative therapy as treatment for curable cancers instead of conventional cancer treatment have a higher risk of death, according to researchers from the Cancer Outcomes, Public Policy and Effectiveness Research (COPPER) Center at Yale School of Medicine and Yale Cancer Center.
Although complementary and alternative medicine has risen in popularity, little is known about its impact on cancer survival. A new study takes a look.
ConclusionsThe experimental results from the pharmacological research enable the validation of their traditional uses in several of the groups of diseases in the countries of origin and reveal these plants to be a valuable source for therapeutic molecules. However, more toxicity assays and clinical trials would be necessary to establish optimal and safe doses of consumption on the application of these medicinal plants.Graphical abstract
FRIDAY, July 20, 2018 -- Patients with cancer who receive complementary medicine (CM) are more likely to refuse conventional cancer treatment (CCT), according to a study published online July 19 in JAMA Oncology. Skyler B. Johnson, M.D., from the...
Title: Cancer Survival Drops With Complementary Therapy: StudyCategory: Health NewsCreated: 7/19/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 7/20/2018 12:00:00 AM
Cancer patients who receive complementary therapies are more likely to shun proven treatments, a study finds.
Cancer patients who receive alternative therapies are more likely to shun proven treatments, a study finds.
Complemetary medicine is different to 'alternative'. It is the use of non-traditional treatment with traditional methods, rather than instead of. But still, Yale found these patients have a higher death risk.
Patients with cancer using complementary medicine and conventional therapy were more likely to decline subsequent conventional treatments, leading to shorter survival.Medscape Medical News
People diagnosed with cancer have a multitude of treatment options, many of which are standard therapies that have been well-studied to improve their chances of surviving their disease or avoiding recurrence. But people are increasingly also folding in complementary medicine approaches — which include nutrients, herbal remedies and other so-called natural supplements — with their cancer treatment regimes. While these are not nearly as well-studied as conventional therapies like surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, many people rely on them because they believe they can improve their chances of surviving their ca...