Alternative cancer therapies double risk of death
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.
Oral and pharyngeal cancer is the most common malignant human cancers. Chemotherapy is an effective approach for anti-oral cancer therapy, while the drug tolerance and resistance remain a problem for oral canc...
Cesium chloride, which is used as alternative therapy by some cancer patients, has been determined to have significant adverse effects, especially cardiovascular effects.The FDA has issued an alert stating that cesium chloride should not be used in compounded medications.
Conclusions: Use of cam, particularly biologic products, increased significantly after a cancer diagnosis. Further studies are required to examine the effect of cam use on the efficacy and safety of cancer therapies. PMID: 30111972 [PubMed - in process]
This research article found patients who received CM were more likely to refuse additional conventional cancer treatment (surgery/chemo or radio or hormone therapy) and had higher risk of death.
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...
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.
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...
(JAMA Network) The use of complementary medicine by patients with four common cancers (breast, prostate, lung or colorectal) was associated with refusal of conventional cancer treatment and with a greater risk of death, although the difference in survival may be alleviated by adherence to all recommended conventional cancer therapies.
CONCLUSIONS: These results suggest that homeopathy can effectively be integrated with allopathic medicine and that the Tuscan experience could provide a useful reference for developing national and European regulations on the use of CM and homeopathy in public healthcare. PMID: 29549880 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]