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Is there an alternative cure for cancer?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Edward Gold
Internal Medicine 44 years experience
No: First of all, cancer is not one disease. Each type of cancer requires an individualized approach to treatment. Unfortunately, there is no magic bullet and there are unscrupulous individuals who prey upon the desperation of cancer patients by offering miracle alternative approaches to therapy.
Dr. Brian Lawenda
Radiation Oncology 24 years experience
Complex question: Oncologists use treatments for cancer that are proven to be effective, based on quality scientific studies. Since alternative therapies are not proven, they are generally not recommended as the primary treatment. Integrative oncologists will use "complementary & alternative medicine" treatments along with conventional treatments in cancer care: www.Integrativeoncology-essentials.Com.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
No: The stuff that works, including some botanicals and a few curious animal products, gets incorporated at once into mainstream treatment by the research piranhas -- often despite no one being able to profit. The stuff that doesn't becomes the subject of pretty "natural healing" and dark "conspiracy" talk. It's bunk and if you try it and it fails, the charlatans will blame you. I'm sorry.

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A 19-year-old member asked:

Can cancer be cured?

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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Yes and no: Cure for cancer depends on the type of cancer, how early it was found, whether or not it has spread to other parts of the body, how early treatment is started, the type of treatments available, how aggressive the tumor is, the skill of the treating physician (oncologist, surgeon, etc.), and the overall health of the patient being treated. Discuss these with your doctor.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
When I was a kid, 2 out of 6 cancers were cured. When I was in med school, 3 out of 6 cancers were cured. Now it's 4 out of 6. Thanks MOSTLY to early detection.
Jan 23, 2012
Dr. Richard Orr
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Surgical Oncology 44 years experience
For breast cancer it is partially early detection but also the addition of chemotherapy
Jan 25, 2012

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