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What is the best alternative treatment for someone with metastatic breast cancer?

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Dr. Regina Hampton
Breast Surgery 23 years experience
Standard regimen: I am not sure what you mean by "alternative" but many of our current treatments-chemotherapy and hormonal therapy are good for treating breast cancer. There are complimentary treatments (acupuncture, reiki, to name a few) that can be used along with standard therapy but should never be used solely "to cure cancer" these have not gone through the rigorous fda standards.
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 22 years experience
We don't know: I encourage you to ask your doctor and alternative providers to work together. There are no guaranteed "cures" with either alternative or western medicine. However, therapies can complement each other, or they can counteract each other. You don't want that! some diets may inhibit cancer growth, and side effects may be relieved with alternative medicine. Be open and honest with all your docs!
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Get the facts: If the cancer is subject to hormonal manipulation or to the new biologicals, go with these. If mainstream treatment options have clearly run out, resist the temptation to reward a sweet-taking "natural healing" or dark "conspiracy" talker with money for Rx's that won't work. ("They failed because you ate GMO food.") Get with hospice -- palliative care is good nowadays. Best wishes.

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A 30-year-old member asked:

What is the best treatment for metastatic breast cancer? How about alternative treatments?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 22 years experience
It depends: There is not a "best" treatment, as metastatic breast cancers are different. The best treatment will take into account past treatment, current symptoms, and the subtype of breast cancer (er, pr and her2 status) as well as the location of tumors. Usually chemo or biologic therapy is necessary. Alternative treatments like mushrooms may have anti-cancer effects, but more studies are needed.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 47 years experience
A lot depends on what you hae already had chemo wise, and what is known about ER, PR, Her-2-neu. Some think Bx of met provides new data about receptors too.
May 21, 2012
CA
A 24-year-old member asked:

What are the treatment options for metastatic breast cancer?

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Dr. Michael Zadeh
General Surgery 17 years experience
Varies: Treatment for metastatic breast cancer is aimed at delaying the progression of the disease, prolonging life, relieving any symptoms caused by the cancer, and improving daily quality of life. Chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, and monoclonal antibody therapies can all be used to achieve this depending on the type of breast cancer. For detailed information please visit www.Cancer.Org.

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