Alternative Medicine Alone Leads to Lower Cancer Survival

Cancer patients who opt for alternative therapy instead of conventional medicine significantly decrease their chances of survival, according to researchers at Yale School of Medicine. Although the popularity of alternative medicine continues to grow, a recent study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute found survival rates significantly reduced for those who use it as first-line therapy. Conventional cancer treatments — chemotherapy, surgery and radiation — still produce a much better chance of survival. Mesothelioma was not included in the study, but the findings are relevant to this rare and aggressive cancer as alternative treatment becomes more commonly used. “A person with cancer who choses alternative medicine is 2.5 times more likely to die than somebody who uses proven methods of treatment,” Dr. Skyler Johnson, Yale School of Medicine radiation oncologist and lead author of the study, told “When you choose alternative medicine instead of conventional, it likely will impact survival [in a negative way].” Study Does Not Include Complementary Therapy The study looked at survival rates for breast, lung, prostate and colorectal cancers, including 840 patients diagnosed from 2004-2013 who were listed in the National Cancer Database. It did not include patients who received alternative therapies alongside conventional medicine — as many mesothelioma patients do. These are often become known as compl...
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