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Alternative medicine only treatment linked to lower cancer survival

Yale University researchers warn in a new study that alternative therapies for treatment of curable cancers carry a significantly higher risk of death.
Source: Health News - UPI.com - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

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By definition, alternative medicine has not been shown to be effective or has been shown to be ineffective. Thus, alternative medicine is ineffective against cancer and can best be represented as either no treatment at all or potentially harmful treatment. It is thus not surprising that cancer patients who choose alternative medicine have a higher risk of dying from their cancer. A new study confirms this conclusion yet again.
Source: Respectful Insolence - Category: Surgery Authors: Tags: Cancer Clinical trials Complementary and alternative medicine Homeopathy Naturopathy Quackery Skepticism/critical thinking chemotherapy epidemiology mortality Source Type: blogs
CONCLUSIONS: A large discrepancy remains between nurses' strong interest in CM and awareness of associated benefits, and their ambivalence toward its integration in their nursing practice. 
. IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING: Although improving nurses' knowledge should be mandatory, it remains insufficient; a shift in the approach to integrating CM into conventional health care is needed, from practitioners' responsibility to healthcare policymakers' responsibility. Legislations and policies are necessary, along with providing respectable infrastructures. PMID: 28820508 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Oncology Nursing Forum - Category: Nursing Authors: Tags: Oncol Nurs Forum Source Type: research
AbstractContext and objectivesThe impact of complementary and integrative medicine (CIM) on adherence to chemotherapy regimens is unclear. We explored the effect of patient-tailored CIM treatments on the relative dose intensity (RDI) of chemotherapy among patients with breast and gynecological cancer.MethodsChemotherapy-treated patients with breast or gynecological cancer were referred by their oncology healthcare professional to a CIM treatment program. Adherence to integrative care (AIC) was defined as ≥4 CIM treatments, with ≤30 days between each treatment. Relative dose intensity (RDI) of chemotherapy was co...
Source: Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
Alternative medicine independently tied to greater mortality risk compared to conventional treatment
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology - Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Gynecology, Internal Medicine, Nursing, Oncology, Pathology, Pharmacy, Pulmonology, Radiology, Surgery, Urology, Journal, Source Type: news
Title: Alternative Medicine Alone as Cancer Treatment Linked to Lowered SurvivalCategory: Health NewsCreated: 8/17/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 8/18/2017 12:00:00 AM
Source: MedicineNet Cancer General - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news
Authors: Tao F, Lü P, Xu C, Zheng M, Liu W, Shen M, Ruan S Abstract Colorectal cancer is one of the leading causes of tumor-associated death, and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) classifies colorectal cancer into various subtypes mainly according to the symptomatic pattern identification (ZHENG). Here, we investigated the difference in metabolic profiles of serum by comparing colorectal cancer subjects with Nondeficiency (ND), Qi deficiency (QD), and Yin deficiency (YD). The ratio of subjects with carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) was higher in YD pattern, and the ratio of subjects with carbohydrate antigen 19-...
Source: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Tags: Evid Based Complement Alternat Med Source Type: research
AbstractPurpose of ReviewMany people living with cancer use complementary therapies, and some of the most popular are mind-body therapies (MBTs), including relaxation and imagery, hypnosis, yoga, meditation, tai chi and qigong, and art therapies. The efficacy of these modalities was reviewed by assessing recent findings in the context of cancer care.Recent FindingsThese therapies show efficacy in treating common cancer-related side effects, including nausea and vomiting, pain, fatigue, anxiety, depressive symptoms and improving overall quality of life. Some also have effects on biomarkers such as immune function and stress...
Source: Current Oncology Reports - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
There's not much research into these therapies, study authors said
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology - Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Oncology, Surgery, Alternative Medicine, News, Source Type: news
Patients who chose alternative therapies to treat a common, curable cancer instead of opting for the recommended medical treatment double their risk of death, according to a recent study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
Source: CNN.com - Health - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Patients who chose alternative therapies to treat a common, curable cancer instead of opting for the recommended medical treatment double their risk of death, according to a recent study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
Source: CNN.com - Health - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
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