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Using only alternative medicine for cancer linked to lower survival rate

Patients who choose alternative therapy for curable cancers instead of conventional cancer treatment have a higher risk of death, says a new study.
Source: Yale Science and Health News - Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

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Widespread metastatic disease is typically not amenable to localized therapy, but when limited to the lungs, localized treatments can be beneficial. Lung metastases develop in 5% to 15% of colorectal cancer patients, and resection is an integral part of treatment. Selection criteria for metastasectomy include primary tumor control, no extrathoracic metastatic disease, amenability to complete resection, patient's ability to tolerate resection, and absence of better alternative therapies.
Source: International Journal of Radiation Oncology * Biology * Physics - Category: Radiology Authors: Tags: Gray Zone Source Type: research
ConclusionsElectroacupuncture activates 5‐HT 1A receptors in the spinal cord and inhibits p‐CaMKII to alleviate both allodynia and hyperalgesia. The data support acupuncture/EA as a complementary therapy for CIP. SignificanceElectroacupuncture (EA) activates spinal 5‐HT1A receptors to inhibit p‐CaMKII to alleviate paclitaxel‐induced pain. Acupuncture/EA may be used as a complementary therapy for CIP.
Source: European Journal of Pain - Category: Anesthesiology Authors: Tags: Original Article Source Type: research
As the calendar turns to early October, I’m reminded that this is the 6th anniversary of Steve Jobs’ death. At the time of his death, I was a medical student and my wife had just completed six months of chemotherapy. I was surprised to learn that Jobs had died from complications of cancer and shocked to discover that he had initially refused conventional cancer treatment in favor of alternative medicines. At first, I found it difficult to understand how someone with the intellectual and financial resources of Steve Jobs could make such a decision — but I was quickly reminded of the massive amounts of misi...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: Physician Endocrinology Oncology/Hematology Source Type: blogs
AbstractPurposeTo identify the unmonitored use of herbal medicine by female patients with breast cancer, examining the impact of an integrative physician (IP) consultation on this practice.MethodsThe files of 269 female patients with breast cancer following an IP consultation were surveyed retrospectively for use of herbal medicine for cancer-related goals. Expectations from the IP consultation and adherence to the IP-guided treatments were examined as well.ResultsAmong the cohort, 111 (41.3%) reported using herbal medicine for cancer-related goals, unmonitored by their oncology healthcare professional. Factors predicting ...
Source: Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
ConclusionIn a modern health care system, emphasis should be on skills contributing to eHealth literacy among patients to improve their ability to profit from eHealth offers and improve health care.
Source: Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
[This Day] Abuja -In what seems to be a milestone achievement, Nigerians can now breathe a sigh of relief especially in the treatment of cancer, as an alternative therapy, the first of its kind in Nigeria and Africa, known as the Helexior therapy has found its way into the country.
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - Category: African Health Source Type: news
Sanz-Fernández R Abstract Head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) is one of the most frequent cancers worldwide and is associated with poor survival and significant treatment morbidity. The immune profile in patients with HNSCC is immunosuppressive and presents cytokine-mediated adaptive immune responses, triggered apoptosis of T cells, and alterations in antigen processing machinery. Bacille Calmette-Guerin (BCG) immunotherapy has been used successfully as a treatment for several types of cancer. In the present study, we sought to determine the antitumor effect of soluble mediators from peripheral bl...
Source: Vaccine - Category: Allergy & Immunology Authors: Tags: Vaccine Source Type: research
My skeptical analysis of Rigvir, a “Virotherapy” from Latvia being promoted by alternative medicine clinics as a cancer cure, caught the attention of the International Virotherapy Center (IVC). The result was a long and very telling e-mail exchange between its Assistant of Business Development and myself. I post it because the arguments used in the discussion are very telling about where the IVC is coming from when it comes to science. Hint: It’s not a good place.
Source: Respectful Insolence - Category: Surgery Authors: Tags: Cancer Clinical trials Complementary and alternative medicine Skepticism/critical thinking International Virotherapy Center Kārlis Urbāns Lelde Lapa Rigvir Rigvir Holding Source Type: blogs
Aanchal Satija, Sushma BhatnagarIndian Journal of Palliative Care 2017 23(4):468-479Cancer patients are often poly-symptomatic which distressingly affects their quality of lives (QOLs). Alhough, conventional management provides adequate symptom control, yet is coupled with some limitations. Complementary therapies (CTs) have shown beneficial effects in cancer patients for symptomatic relief. The aim of this article is to provide evidence-based review of commonly used CTs for symptom management in cancer care. Hypnosis has promising evidence to be used for managing symptoms such as pain, chemotherapy-induced nausea/vomiting...
Source: Indian Journal of Palliative Care - Category: Palliative Care Authors: Source Type: research
Ginger for nausea: Does it work?? Nausea and vomiting are common side effects of chemotherapy treatment for cancer. There is evidence that, when taken with standard anti-nausea medications, ginger may help.?Learn more from?Dr. Brent Bauer, director of?Mayo Clinic's Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program. Complementary medicine for metastatic breast cancer Dealing with metastatic breast cancer can [...]
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news
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